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Thousands flock to Zuma party

2009-12-29 14:50

Nkandla - Thousands of people on Tuesday were attending the annual Christmas party for orphans and vulnerable children organised by President Jacob Zuma's education trust.

The party, dubbed “a mother” of all Christmas parties, was attended by political bigwigs including Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize and a number of tycoons.

It was held at Zuma's home town of Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal.

Zuma, who founded the trust in 1995 when he was still KwaZulu-Natal MEC for economic development, was expected to deliver the keynote address.

The trust had educated more than 20 000 underprivileged children since its inception in 1995.

The party was held in a big tent erected at the Mnyakanya High School sports ground, just a stone’s throw away from Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

A number of local and national musical bands provided entertainment.

The SA National Defence Force, of which Zuma is commander in chief, was there to promote careers in the military.