PRETORIA, President Jacob Zuma has wished the Muslim community in South Africa a happy Eid-ul-Fitr as Muslims worldwide to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

“We join our Muslim compatriots to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, and we wish all Muslims, Eid Mubarak,” President Zuma said Monday.

Addressing an Eid prayer and celebrations in Lenasia near Johannesburg, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa encouraged South African leaders to approach political office as a long period of fasting, self-sacrifice, and service to the poor.

Ramaphosa encouraged South Africans to adopt the universal values of love, peace, truth, giving, generosity and tolerance.

And these are universal human values upon which we need to anchor our new society. By embracing and applying these traits consistently, we can root out the high levels of poverty that confront many South Africans. We can provide quality education and create decent jobs for millions of young people who are out of school and out of work, he added.

He said the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr coincided with the adoption of South Africa’s Freedom Charter on June 26, 1955. We continue to pay tribute to the role South African Muslims — such as the late Ahmed Kathrada — played in our struggle for freedom and to the role you are playing today in securing a better life for all South Africans, Ramphosa said.