South Africa’s number one citizen, President Jacob Zuma will be celebrating his 74th birthday with his family and loved ones on Tuesday. According to the presidency, Zuma’s 74th birthday party will be a low-key gathering at the Mahlamba Ndlopfu residence in Pretoria.
Presidency spokesperson Bongani Majola announced that Zuma’s birthday will not deter him from carrying out his official duties as he would spend the evening with his children.
“It will be a normal working day for the president and he will spend the evening with his children,” Majola said.
Zuma’s 74th Birthday Wishes
Meanwhile, well-meaning South Africans have continued to felicitate Zuma on his 74th birthday. Zuma’s eldest son, Edward, expressed joy for the life of his father, he poured out blissful wishes on him, praying for a longer and happier life.
“I want and wish him a blessed day and may he see many more years. We will always be on your side, through thick and thin. The Gods and ancestors of the ANC will be on his side.
May you continue being a humble, respectful and a caring leader. Personally may he forgive all those that have and are continuing to degrade his name in the name of our beloved movement the African National Congress.
Happy birthday Nxamalala, Matomela we love and believe in you.”
Also, the ANC Women’s League has rolled out its drum in celebration of President Zuma’s birthday. Speaking in a statement on Monday, the league said, “This is an important day for many of us in the ANCWL who have learnt a lot from our giant and selfless leader. The ANCWL wants to thank the Almighty for keeping our leader for so long while we continue to draw inspiration from him.”
Zuma’s 74th birthday pre-celebrations at the ANC Durban offices attracted prominent figures in the country. Many of them thanked God for his leadership and used the opportunity to lambaste the SA Council of Churches for rejecting the presidential apology.
Speaking at the ANC Durban offices, provincial treasurer Barbara Thompson, described the call made by the religious leaders as a “dangerous route”.
“They actually compromise the religion they grew up in. If that is the case, we might as well go to churches and close shop. It looks like there is a mistake somewhere when a reverend stands up and rejects an apology,” Thompson said.
Congratulating Zuma on his birthday too, ANC deputy chairman, Willies Mchunu, pledged to stand by Zuma through thick and thin.
“We thank the extended national working committee for taking a proper decision that all ANC members support the president,” Mchunu added.
ANCWL provincial secretary, Nonhlanhla Msomi, affirmed the party’s trust in Zuma’s leadership in the ANC and as president.
In 2015, President Zuma also celebrated his 73rd birthday in a low-key fashion with his family at his official residence in Durban. His children organised a private celebration at the John Dube House.