Jacob Zuma (Picture: Sapa)
Sasolburg - President Jacob Zuma received a warm welcome
when he visited the Zamdela informal settlement in Sasolburg, in the Free
State, on Saturday.
Hundreds of residents lined the perimeter of the settlement,
as Zuma made his way through.
He was escorted by several blue light and police vehicles
while reporters and supporters followed.
Residents, some in ANC attire, took out their cellphones to
snap pictures of Zuma.
People were carrying ANC flags, and cars were also draped in
Residents told Zuma of their problems, and Zuma reassured
them that their complaints would be addressed.
As Zuma made his way through the settlement he was stopped
by some children, who cheered him on.
Zuma paused and said: "These are our future
He handed them African National Congress T-shirts.
Zuma then sat next to an elderly woman on a crate outside
She told him in Sesotho that she lived in the shack with her
seven grandchildren. She said some of them did not go to school or have birth
Zuma said she should send her grandchildren to school on
He hugged her, as well as her grandchildren, before going on
His next stop was at a RDP house in the area.
He was met by a woman, wearing a pink gown and a white hat.
She told him in Sesotho that she would remain true to the
He nodded in acknowledgement, and walked through her house.
Outside, placards held up by supporters read: "Vote
The community danced and sang struggle songs, while loud
music played in the background. A group of women sang in Sesotho saying
"Zuma will save us".
Zuma was wearing a green leather jacket with the ANC emblem
and black pants.
Earlier, Zuma stopped at the Fezile Dabi district
municipality civic hall for a private briefing session.
Blue light vehicles and police blocked the road leading to
the hall, and armed security stood at the building's entrance.
About twenty ANC supporters gathered outside the hall.
Many of them were wearing the party's traditional colours of
green, yellow, and black. Others carried ANC flags and posters depicting Zuma's
"We are [here] to support our party and Zuma,"
said supporter Thato Sealo.
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