Africa

South African president holds firm despite challenges

  • South African President Jacob Zuma attends a commemoration for anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani in Boksburg, South Africa, Monday, April 10, 2017. Zuma said many white demonstrators calling for his resignation are racist, in remarks that critics are likely to view as an effort to undercut growing concerns about his leadership. (AP Photo)

    South African President Jacob Zuma attends a commemoration for anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani in Boksburg, South Africa, Monday, April 10, 2017. Zuma said many white demonstrators calling for his resignation are racist, in remarks that critics are likely to view as an effort to undercut growing concerns about his leadership. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • South African President Jacob Zuma attends a commemoration for anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani in Boksburg, South Africa, Monday, April 10, 2017. Zuma said many white demonstrators calling for his resignation are racist, in remarks that critics are likely to view as an effort to undercut growing concerns about his leadership. (AP Photo)

    South African President Jacob Zuma attends a commemoration for anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani in Boksburg, South Africa, Monday, April 10, 2017. Zuma said many white demonstrators calling for his resignation are racist, in remarks that critics are likely to view as an effort to undercut growing concerns about his leadership. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

South Africa's president is proceeding with official business despite calls for his resignation, attending a commemoration of an anti-apartheid leader who was assassinated in 1993.

Some supporters at the ceremony on Monday chanted the name of President Jacob Zuma, who has fended off challenges to his leadership from within the ruling African National Congress party.

The party is under strain because of national discontent over Zuma's dismissal of a respected finance minister last month and past scandals linked to the president. On Friday, tens of thousands of South Africans protested against Zuma across the country.

The memorial near Johannesburg was held in honor of Chris Hani, who was fatally shot on April 10, 1993. A year later, white minority rule ended with South Africa's first all-race elections.