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Mthethwa: No one will remove Zuma

The Arts and Culture Minister says there is only one ruling party & it respects the Constitution.

FILE: Arts & Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa says the African National Congress (ANC) respects the Constitution and no one will remove President Jacob Zuma.

The minister addressed crowds during Freedom Day celebrations at Giyani Stadium in Limpopo.

"Anyone who says that the Constitution is under threat is mistaken as it is this Constitution that prescribes that the government of the day should be elected after every five years. President Zuma and his government were elected in 2014 and they're expected to bow out and go and renew the mandate in 2019. It is going to be so."

He said there was only one ruling party in the country.

"There are no newbies who are going to tell the electorate what to do, we know what to do. Those Mickey Mouse political parties must know that there's only one governing party in South Africa and that's the African National Congress."

Mthethwa added that no one will remove Zuma through an impeachment in Parliament.

"All of them must thank the African National Congress and the Constitution that today they are able to march and share their views; it is their right and we respect their rights."

Today, several anti-Zuma protests took place across the country with calls for the president to step down.