‘Blessing to witness the inauguration of a fellow Nkandla resident’

2014-05-24 10:44

A group who travelled from the northern KwaZulu-Natal village said today, “It was a blessing to witness the inauguration of a fellow Nkandla resident.”

“President Jacob Zuma makes us people from Nkandla very proud,” said Dumisani Mpungose shortly after he arrived to witness Zuma’s presidential inauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

“It s a blessing to be here and witness this historical moment.”

Mpungose, Mxolisi Ngcobo and others departed from Nkandla in two buses yesterday morning.

“We gathered at the president’s home from very early yesterday to make sure we travel nicely without rushing to Pretoria,” Mpungose said.

They slept in a hotel in the Pretoria CBD.

The group had ANC-branded blankets draped over their shoulders as they regrouped on the Union Building lawns.

There had been significant developments in Nkandla since the advent of democracy, Mpungose said.

“I work in the deep rural sides of Nkandla, and I can tell you that after 20 years, the place is different from how it was in 1994.”

Ngcobo said the first time he voted was on May 7.

“It is my first time here at the Union Buildings, I am here because I believe that this government will work harder to improve my life as a young person.”

Police kept an eye on the crowds who danced to music blaring from massive speakers on the stage.

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