JOHANNESBURG – Opposition parties used Freedom Day to criticise President Jacob Zuma amid marches for him to step down.
Zuma also took a swipe at political parties, accusing them of sowing divisions in the country.
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Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane used his Freedom Day speech to urge Zuma to stop the R4-billion presidential jet tender.
“Our president can order a R4 billion new jet for himself, but communities like Zandspruit do not have a reliable electricity connection. This is how corruption robs us of freedom and opportunity,” Maimane said.
The Economic Freedom Fighters did not mince its words, calling for South Africans to reject the ruling party.
“We call on the people of South Africa to reject the ANC because it is also incapable of restoring land and guaranteeing economic freedom. We also call on the people of South Africa to reject the ANC in all municipalities during the elections,” EFF said in a statement. Meanwhile, marches calling for Zuma to step down were held in Cape Town and Pretoria in the Union Buildings. Cope leader, Mosiuoa Lekota also called for South Africans to recall Zuma from office.
Government, however, said it was pleased with celebrations surrounding the day.
“Government thanks all South Africans for the inspiring way in which we celebrated Freedom Day. This demonstration of active citizenship and patriotism displayed by countless South Africans was truly inspirational,” Government Communication and Information System said in a statement.