Zuma surprises Nkandla

2010-12-24 00:00

FINAL touches were being put in place yesterday for several functions to be hosted by President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla over the Christmas period.

His eldest daughter, Duduzile Zuma, will reportedly be performing ummembeso (giving gifts to the in-laws) on Christmas day. She is getting married to businessman Lonwabo Sambudla.

The president is also expected to host the annual Christmas party for elders and children on January 29.

Huge marquees for the functions were being set up yesterday, among them, a VIP tent that is equipped with luxury sofas and air conditioning.

A representative of the company said the presence of such a tent is normal at important functions.

While the tents were being set up, community members who spoke to The Witness said they were not aware that the president’s daughter would be performing ummembeso this weekend.

They said they thought all the tents were to be used in the annual events.

“I was surprised they started putting up the tents on Wednesday because they should have started tomorrow (Friday),” said a member who wanted to remain anonymous.

Those who were aware of the function did not want to divulge details.

One of the residents who spoke with a frown upon hearing that the media was enquiring about the event confirmed that he knew “something like that was going to happen.”

Another young man expressed dismay that tents were now being organised for the traditional ceremony of giving and receiving gifts.

“I do not think that such a function will be hosted in a tent ... the people giving the gifts and the people getting them [should] go to the kraal where this function would be performed.

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