Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa used the main Freedom Day celebrations at Giyani stadium to launch a blistering attack on those calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down.
Mthethwa said Zuma, who has come under increasing pressure to resign, will finish his term in office.
“The president is not going to be removed by anybody, “Mthethwa said. “The president will remain in office until 2019.”
Opposition parties and some ANC senior leaders have called on Zuma to step down after the Constitutional Court ruling that Zuma had failed to uphold and respect the Constitution.
Mthethwa said newcomers will not tell the electorate what to do. “Those micky-mouses political parties must know that there is one political party in the country and that is the ANC,”he said.
Mthethwa said the Constitution was safe in the ANC’s hands. “Anyone who say the Constitution is under attack is mistaken, “Mthethwa said.
He also the celebration was the successful freedom day and called on multitudes of people attending the event to give themselves a round of applause.
Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha said he had no doubt that those attending the jamboree are honouring those who died for freedom.
“As Limpopo we will always defend this freedom with everything we have, “Mathabatha said.
Earlier in the morning there was a drizzle which is seen as a good omen in African culture.
Those attending the event include deputy president Cryril Ramaphosa, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, among others. Zuma is delivering keynote address. –firstname.lastname@example.org