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South African opposition marks Zuma's birthday with protest

  • Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters carry a mock coffin in a march to the Government Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa Wednesday, April 12, 2017. South Africa's opposition groups marked the 75th birthday of President Jacob Zuma with a protest against him, pushing for his resignation because of scandals and his dismissal of a widely respected finance minister. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

    Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters carry a mock coffin in a march to the Government Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa Wednesday, April 12, 2017. South Africa's opposition groups marked the 75th birthday of President Jacob Zuma with a protest against him, pushing for his resignation because of scandals and his dismissal of a widely respected finance minister. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)  (The Associated Press)

  • Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters prepare to march in protest to the Government Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa Wednesday, April 12, 2017. South Africa's opposition groups marked the 75th birthday of President Jacob Zuma with a protest against him, pushing for his resignation because of scandals and his dismissal of a widely respected finance minister. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

    Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters prepare to march in protest to the Government Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa Wednesday, April 12, 2017. South Africa's opposition groups marked the 75th birthday of President Jacob Zuma with a protest against him, pushing for his resignation because of scandals and his dismissal of a widely respected finance minister. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)  (The Associated Press)

  • Opposition political parties gather by a statue of South African statesmen Louis Botha on the lawns of the Government Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Thousands of South Africans on Wednesday marked the 75th birthday of President Jacob Zuma with a protest against him, pushing for his resignation because of scandals and his dismissal of a widely respected finance minister. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

    Opposition political parties gather by a statue of South African statesmen Louis Botha on the lawns of the Government Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Thousands of South Africans on Wednesday marked the 75th birthday of President Jacob Zuma with a protest against him, pushing for his resignation because of scandals and his dismissal of a widely respected finance minister. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)  (The Associated Press)

Protesters in South Africa are gathering for a demonstration against President Jacob Zuma, who turns 75 on Wednesday amid calls for his resignation because of scandals and his dismissal of a widely respected finance minister.

The rally in Pretoria, which follows nationwide protests last week, is part of opposition efforts to pressure Zuma, who also faces sharp criticism from within the ruling African National Congress party but still commands the support of powerful ANC factions.

Protesters plan to march to the Union Buildings, which house the offices of Zuma and other ministries. Zuma is expected to celebrate his birthday in Johannesburg at around the same time.

On Monday, Zuma said many white demonstrators calling for his resignation are racist. Opponents described the remark was an affront to legitimate protest.