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Thu Jun 30 03:21:52 SAST 2016

Crowds arrive at Durban stadium to hear Zuma’s Human Rights Day address

Matthew Savides | 21 March, 2016 12:22
President Jacob Zuma arrives at Moses Mabhida Stadium
Image by: SibongiseniMaphumulo ‏via Twitter

Under grey clouds and braving an unusually chilly March wind‚ thousands of people started filing into the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban for the country's main Human Rights Day rally.

The event‚ which kicked off with a series of prayers from religious leaders shortly after 10.30am‚ is to be addressed by President Jacob Zuma.

Zuma‚ who received the full backing of the ANC's national executive committee at the weekend despite furore over the alleged “state capture” by the Gupta family‚ is expected to address the country on the theme “South Africa United Against Racism”.

The theme was adopted following various racist posts on social media earlier in the year‚ including by retired KwaZulu-Natal South Coast estate agent Penny Sparrow.

By 11am‚ about 5000 people had entered the stadium bowl as a choir sang from the dome-shaped stage. It was this same stage that‚ not 12 hours early‚ rapper Nicki Minaj performed on as part of her Pinkprint Tour – and that Lionel Richie had taken to a week earlier.

Arts and culture minister Natih Mthethwa – who took part in an anti-racism march on the KZN South Coast shortly after Sparrow's comments were made – will emcee the event‚ which will also be addressed by KZN’s premier Senzo Mchunu‚ and eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo. – TMG Digital/Sunday Times

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