30 May 2013
American actor and activist Danny Glover paid a visit to South African President Jacob Zuma in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Glover is in the country as part of a delegation of the United Automobile Workers Union of America, led by its president, Bob King.
Walking down the steps of the President’s Cape Town residence, Tuynhuys on Wednesday, the two men, who referred to one another as “my brother”, chatted before stopping and smiling at the waiting bevy of journalists and television cameras.
Turning to Glover, Zuma said: “I’m sure that they want a picture.”
After the media took a picture of them shaking hands, the two enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and, enjoying his brief moment away from the highest office in the land, Zuma teased the media, saying they should not be jealous of him.
Wednesday’s meeting was not the first between Zuma and Glover.
“As you know, it’s always wonderful to meet a good brother,” Zuma said. “He always visits South Africa. It’s always a good thing to be with us, given what he’s achieved and how much he’s loved by South Africans.”
For Glover, perhaps best known as the producer and star of the Lethal Weapon movie series, being in South Africa is always a joy, as he inevitably hears the word “welcome”.
“It’s great to be back – even if it’s only for a short while. It’s great to see my friend, President Zuma.”
The history of South Africa has long been a part of his life, Glover said, “as someone involved in the anti-apartheid movement in the early ’70s to someone who used the platform of the incredible work of the great South African playwright Athol Furguard to manifest and build my career.
“So there’s always a good relationship that I have with this extraordinary country.”