While South Africa marked the anniversary of the day in 1994 when the country held its first ever all-race, democratic election, hundreds of citizens marched in Cape Town and Johannesburg demanding President Jacob Zuma steps down.
The embattled South African leader was however leading the ‘Freedom Day’ celebration in the country’s Limpopo province.
The pressure for Zuma to vacate office has been on for a while, but intensified after the Constitutional Court ruled on 31 March that he had failed to uphold, defend, and respect the Constitution by not complying with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s remedial action regarding payment for the non-security upgrades to his private Nkandla home.
Twitter was amok with conflicting views on the campaign.
The ruling party and its disgraced Emperor still does not get it.They are damaged! Talk is cheap! Zuma must fall!— Papikie Lebelo (@Papikie27) April 16, 2016
Zuma must fall marches have little to do with Zuma. They're a challenge against blacks. They aim to eat at moral authority & erase history— Bo Mbindwane (@mbindwane) April 27, 2016
To all the overly excited white racists, it's Zuma and all corrupt political leaders that must fall. Not, necessarily, the ANC. Sit down.— ❀ oqɯou oʇɐɹǝן ʎʌ ı♋ (@ProudlyA_Monkey) April 16, 2016
The presidency has since not entertained nor responded to calls for the President to voluntarily resign.