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20 000 gather for Zuma bash

2009-06-06 14:19

Nkandla - There were scenes of joy when more than 20 000 people gathered in Nkandla, KwaZulu Natal, on Saturday to celebrate President Jacob Zuma's ascendancy to the highest office.

Ministers, tycoons, soccer administrators and Zuma's three wives were among dignitaries who attended the party that has been dubbed the "mother of all parties" by the organisers.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, Orlando Pirates boss Irvin Khoza and KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Community Liaison Bheki Cele were among dignitaries who sat with Zuma on stage.

KwaZulu-Natal tycoon and Zuma ally, Mabheleni Ntuli said two tents were erected.

A tent would be used for dinning and the other as a VIP lounge where Zuma and other dignitaries lounged before the start of the party, he said.

The party, which has been organised by the Nxamalala clan in Nkandla where the President grew up, started just after noon and was expected to finish very late.

The organisers said they slaughtered 25 cows to feed people. The slaughtering was monitored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) on Friday and on Saturday morning.

People were entertained by music bands.

Zuma was expected to speak after all other speakers had spoken.