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Zuma: “Vote to benefit from affirmative action”

Zuma spent his 72nd birthday rallying for votes in Athlone on Saturday.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma has called on coloured people in the Western Cape to vote for a party that will help them benefit from affirmative action. Picture: Elmond Jiyane.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma has called on coloured people in the Western Cape to vote for a party that will help them benefit from affirmative action.

Zuma spent his 72nd birthday rallying for votes in Athlone on Saturday, where addressed thousands of people at a local stadium.

Zuma wasted no time during his 25 minutes address at the Vygieskraal Stadium to question what the Democratic Alliance (DA) has done for coloured people in the Western Cape.

Fighting the decision by the DA to close 20 schools, which are mostly attended by coloured children, he praised the packed crowed at the stadium for being part of the movement which helped prevent the closures.

He also spoke about affirmative action and under the leadership of the ANC once gain in the province, coloured people will be able to reap the rewards of it.

A birthday banner decorated in the ANC's colours covers part of the stage at the stadium in celebration of the president's birthday.

Earlier today numbers at the stadium swelled with people being bused in across the mother city.