Dozens of people participated in an anti-government #ZumaMustFall march across Cape Town on 27 April, coinciding with President Jacob Zuma leading celebrations for South Africa's Freedom Day. Protests calling for Zuma to resign from office have grown in recent months, due to his handling of the country's faltering economy and corruption allegations. Freedom Day in South Africa is held to mark the anniversary of the first post-apartheid elections on April 27, 1994, in which Nelson Mandela was elected as president.

A commission of inquiry setup by Zuma recently cleared of any wrongdoing people implicated in a controversial arms deal marred by allegations of bribery. Zuma stated the team did not find any evidence of corruption or fraud.

"There was no evidence of undue or improper influence in the selection of the preferred bidders," the report released by the commission stated. The ruling party African National Congress (ANC) welcomed the findings and said it was confident the report will put a halt to allegations of bribery and corruption surrounding the arms deal.