Zuma to spend the day with Free State orphans

DECEMBER 17, 2015

President Jacob Zuma will spend Thursday with orphans in Zamdela, Sasolburg, a day after countrywide protests called for his removal. 

He is expected to attend a Christmas party at the Harry Gwala Multi-Purpose Centre. The presidency said he intended to use the day to encourage society to reflect on the importance of orphans in the community and galvanise people to provide care and support for them during the festive season.

Zuma has had a busy week visiting the elderly at the Lodewyk P Spies Home in Pretoria, meeting with church leaders and attending the national Reconciliation Day commemoration in Port Elizabeth.

The president has faced a backlash recently after announcing last week that he was replacing Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene with ANC MP David van Rooyen.

There was a public outcry and calls for Zuma to be recalled over the move, which saw the rand reach record lows.

Four days after the announcement Zuma backtracked, replacing Van Rooyen with Pravin Gordhan as finance minister, which saw the rand recover somewhat.

This did not stop some citizens from marching on Wednesday calling for Zuma to be removed. Citizens took part in #ZumaMustFall marches held in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and George.

The ANC, which has supported Zuma's decisions regarding the finance minister, called the marches racist and hypocritical.