Zuma supporters muster for the President's birthday bash
As thousands of South Africans marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday‚ African National Congress members from Pretoria made their way south to President Jacob Zuma's birthday bash.
At a filling station in Midrand‚ half a dozen mini-bus taxis from Pretoria and surrounds gathered as they waited for more ANC supporters to arrive.
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Tshepo Motaung‚ chairperson of Mawiga‚ which comprises communities from Mokopana‚ Winterveld and Ga-Rankuwa‚ said they were waiting on about 200 more mini-bus taxis to arrive and take around 3‚000 residents of Tshwane to the birthday celebration.
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"For us‚ we are celebrating the birthday of the leader of the country and the leader of the organisation‚" he said. "And we are affirming that he is here to stay."
Regarding the mass protests in the administrative capital earlier on Wednesday‚ he said: "It's a democratic country. Everyone has got the right to protest and demonstrate. We are going to our president's birthday bash‚" he said.
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Motaung said they had hired mini-bus taxis to empower members of their community and because they were unsure how the bus strike would affect travel to the president's birthday celebrations.