While the Democratic Alliance (DA) were calling for unity from members in Pretoria on Thursday, Gauteng Premier David Makhura told ANC supporters in Atteridgeville to defend and consolidate freedom as “our country is captured”.
Speaking at Freedom Day celebrations at the Mbolekwa Sport Complex, Makhura addressed a cheerful crowd dressed in ANC regalia as the Gauteng government hosted a parade under the theme “Freedom is in your Hands – The year of OR Tambo”.
Makhura urged residents to “take action” against leaders who have failed them instead of “sitting back and complaining”.
“This country has come very far. We must do everything in our power to defend and consolidate our freedom. We must advance our democracy.
“When your leaders, from local to national government, are not leading properly, take action because freedom is in your hands,” he said.
“Unfortunately, our country is captured by a few people who benefit from it.”
Thousands of DA supporters gathered at the Arcadia Caledonian Stadium in Pretoria yesterday for an anti-Zuma rally led by Mmusi Maimane.
The DA leader said there would be more protests across the country and there would be a march against Zuma on the day the National Assembly voted on a motion of no confidence against him.