President Zuma unfazed by mass action against him

President Jacob Zuma says he has no time to worry about the marches against him and how much people hate him.

President Jacob Zuma rubs his hands together ahead of the swearing in ceremony of his new cabinet on 31 March 2017 in Pretoria. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says he is not moved by people who march against him and call him names, saying he's been through worse.

The president addressed African National Congress (ANC) supporters who gathered in Kliptown Soweto to celebrate his 75th birthday.

Four of the party's top six leaders and the Gauteng ANC leadership did not attend Wednesday’s celebrations.

President Zuma told ANC supporters not to worry when South Africans or opposition parties march against him.

He says he is not moved because he’s been hated and called names before.

“We grew up being called names, people calling us things we are not… they think doing the same today will hurt us, no we are not hurt. We know this, we have been named before.”

He says he has no time to worry about the marches against him and how much people hate him.

“People who get hurt by these things will get white people's illness called stress. I don't know that, we don't have that in Zulu.”

The president has also criticised opposition parties for always running to the courts when they disagree with him or the ANC, saying “that is not democratic”.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)