Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah on Friday joined protesters outside the retirement home they are staying at in Hermanus, to add their support to nationwide anti-Zuma marches.

Thousands of residents around South Africa have embarked on protest marches, or have formed human chains along streets, to express their unhappiness with President Jacob Zuma and corruption.

Photographs taken on Friday morning showed Tutu and his wife standing under a bus shelter, along with other residents.

In one photograph, he is smiling and has his walking stick raised.

Another resident standing near them held up a page saying: “God save South Africa from greedy corrupt leaders.”

Tutu, 85, has recently suffered health setbacks, and he was recently admitted to hospital for a recurring infection.