Humble yourself when people don’t want you - Zuma

2016-04-27 20:00
President Jacob Zuma with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Limpopo premier Stan Mathabatha. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

President Jacob Zuma with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Limpopo premier Stan Mathabatha. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Giyani - President Jacob Zuma says leaders should humble themselves when the people no longer want them to be in charge.

"What is important is that we should humble ourselves. If you were elected at one point and people no longer want you, humble yourself," Zuma told thousands of people gathered at the Giyani Stadium in Limpopo for Freedom Day celebrations on Wednesday.

"Accept it so that change will come if people believe we need change now."

Zuma told the crowd that it was, however, important to follow proper procedures in ensuring the removal of the said leader.

He did not give context as to what he was referring to but went on to say democratic institutions had to be respected at all times.

"But they can't take shortcuts. We must exercise the democratic institutions so that we can have a peaceful democratic state wherein the will of the majority prevails."

He emphasised the importance of democracy and voting during elections.

Zuma appealed to South Africans to go out and vote in the upcoming local government elections. He said democratic states regularly held elections to allow the people to elect those whom they wanted to be leaders.

He said recent indications were that people believe in the country's democracy and the recent huge turnout for voter registration weekends was testament to that.

"Our citizens' faith in our Constitution [and] democracy has never been stronger. We have deepening our understanding of democracy with time. Local government is everybody’s business because it is where the majority of us live.

"That is where we feel government. That is why those who have been elected should be clear that they are there for the people and not for themselves," said Zuma.

The president was well received in Limpopo where thousands showed up to demonstrate their admiration for him, with the majority of those in attendance wearing t-shirts bearing his face.

While delivering his speech there were pockets in the crowd chanting "preach my president", and "we love you".

He concluded his day by walking around the stadium with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa waving at the crowd.

This was met with loud cheers and screams from excited supporters.

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