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Zuma praises youth for interest in how SA is run

President Jacob Zuma says he is pleased with the number of young people who’ve registered for elections.

President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Giyani Stadium in Limpopo during Freedom Day celebrations on 27 April 2016. Picture: @MYANC via Twitter.

GIYANI - President Jacob Zuma says he's encouraged by the number of young people who have registered to vote and shown interest in the running of the country.

Zuma addressed thousands of people at the Giyani Stadium in Limpopo yesterday during government's official Freedom Day celebrations.

He was accompanied by other African National Congress (ANC) leaders including Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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The 20,000-seat stadium was packed to capacity and the crowd cheered as Zuma entered the stadium and during his speech.

The president told supporters he was pleased that over the two voter registration weekends, 80 percent of those who registered or checked their details were under the age of 30.

"We congratulate the youth for their interest in participating in how their country is governed."

Zuma also said politicians who incited violence and hatred among South Africans must be isolated, and citizens must reject opportunists and anarchists who didn't care about the country's well-being.