Zuma arrives for Freedom Day celebration

2012-04-27 11:20

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma arrived at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday morning for the annual Freedom Day celebration, joining scores of people who had converged earlier.

Making his way to the lawn, Zuma was greeted with cheers, whistles and shouting.

Adorned in green and gold, the military band entertained the crowd with music.

Before Zuma arrived people cheered loudly during a fly-past by the SA Air Force, and a 21 round gun salute.

Several military aircraft shot through the sky as a big contingent of photographers tried to capture good photographs.

With one hand firmly on his chest, Zuma joined in the singing of the national anthem.

Other dignitaries present at the event were deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile and Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

Zuma was expected address the crowd at midday.

  • Pule - 2012-04-27 11:35

    I wonder how many wifes accompanied him.How language is he going to utilise.I'm not even going to listen to what he says.I know discipline will be a headline instead of talking about the promises they fail to deliver.

  • kgomotso.radise - 2012-04-27 11:36

    I guess he will touch on the e-toll in his key note address

      George - 2012-04-27 11:39

      Maybe he will show us his e-tag and tell us why its really a good idea to have one, as he did a few weeks ago.

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-27 11:44

    AAhhhh, My President...Wish I in Tshwane to be part of the Celebrations however I am celebrating my Freedom day in a Democratic RSA, Thank you ANC.

      Oscar - 2012-04-27 12:00

      Our local Indiantjie at work again, I also celebrate my economic freedom today and every day of my life but I obtained economic freedom not because of your ANC but despite of your ANC....can you say the same or are you still struggling you sod?

      Pule - 2012-04-27 12:04

      This is where you missed it,ANC did'nt fought for freedom alone,but all political parties that were against segregation or prejudice.Now you all have idea that Mandela is a real hero alone.I can only appreciate my parents for keeping me safe during that era,ANC did nothing for me as individual,I can appreciate all people who lost their lifes not a freedom.Most of the leaders did not suffer from apartheid there were in oversea studying.I.e Naledi Phanda,Thabo mbheki,Dipuo peters,Lindiwe sisulu,These people don't know what apartheid is.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-27 12:36

      @ Oscar, I really don't a clue what you are on about, frankly don't care for the derogatory terms utilized. I expressed my comment as we do in a Democracy. I suggest to make your own comment regarding your feelings on this day and it's effects on you. @ Pule, I am aware of the other organizations that were critical to the Freedom fight however the ANC was the Major player as is indicated in the voting since 1994 and currently.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-27 14:03

      AAhhh...ignorance is bliss.

  • Thebe - 2012-04-27 12:03

    Hogwash written about Mandela

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-04-27 12:09

    Yes the freedom day is the for us to celebrate, but are we realy free, free to entitlement of wht belongs to us, free to educate our Mzansi teens not to rape coz it's wrong. People are nt psycologicaly free, yes I knw nt evryone will gt wht is need bt I thnk nthng is being done enough. Happy 18th freedom day Mzansi lets cherish it for we've come a long way til ths day.

  • Gregory - 2012-04-27 12:15

    I am free , hungry and bankrupt.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-28 10:21

      OK. Then feel free to take someone else's things.

  • Derk - 2012-04-27 12:37

    hope it is your last Freedom Day speech

  • Given Von Baloyi - 2012-04-27 12:42

    Mr President please remind South African how wonderful is this country, even those who think it has gone to dogs, tell them to drop negativity and help build a better country

      Gladstone - 2012-04-27 13:25

      @ Baloyi you are so so stupid, or maybe you are one of these fat cats. Shut your mouth!

  • john.m.mcdowall - 2012-04-27 13:06

    Big F.....Deal

  • Musawenkosi - 2012-04-27 13:13

    The constitutional right that black man has got now and all the rights that the black man has, does this make us to stage these celebrations every year for these years? What about ecenomic freedom for the youth in particular? Come on South Africa you can do better than this.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-27 13:21

    Free dom!

  • Bobo - 2012-04-27 13:53

    Bhaa bhaa mheee mheeee .....Uneducated bunch of sheeples...Give back my tax money !ANC you are going down !

  • jmaliks - 2012-04-27 14:10

    jah let dem waste our tax while they stil can cz their days r numbered.what dy did to My Leader Mbeki

  • jmaliks - 2012-04-27 14:10

    jah let dem waste our tax while they stil can cz their days r numbered.what dy did to My Leader Mbeki

  • Zakhele - 2012-04-27 14:48


      FinalJustice - 2012-04-27 14:57

      And this is all whose fault you nitwit? You had the freedom to become educated, you are a part of the currently advantaged. Stop sniffing glue and take your middle-finger out of your ... nose, in stead of pointing it in all directions. Your own precious anc government failed you, go burn down their homes, and leave the schools and the libraries for those who are trying to get somewhere.

      Musawenkosi - 2012-04-27 16:12

      I wonder what are you free from Zakhele? If you say you have access to the wealth of this country, could you may be elaborate in which and what way. The last time I checked was the constitutional rights that the majority of the people have which does not warrant to be celebrated every year unless if you have these charlatans and barren leaders who cannot come up with anything. These demagogic leader can just harangue the people with thoughtless twaddle, they know few people in the society would be able to detect their emptiness

  • Charmaine Botha - 2012-04-27 14:52

    Are u free or are u dom Happy Freedom Day! You now have the freedom to pay for brand new toll gates, freedom to pay more for fuel, freedom to accept electricity cut-off's on the coldest nights in winter and the freedom to sit by and watch govt officials steal tax payers money! Feel free to keep quiet and not have an opinion in our wonderful country. I luv South Efrika!

      Dorlacker Sydwell - 2012-04-27 15:42

      true that

  • Lorraine - 2012-04-27 15:01

    happy freedom day,those who went to Union Building....enjoy and celebrate to the fullest.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-27 15:33

      Just another expense paid for by the taxpayer for the non-taxed masses to enjoy and think that the ANC bought their tshirts and food.

  • Elkita - 2012-04-27 17:38

    Surprised.At last he got out of bed,I am sure without underpants

  • billidp - 2012-04-27 18:09

    "Before Zuma arrived people cheered loudly during a fly-past by the SA Air Force, and a 21 round gun salute." As opposed to a 21 SQUARE gun salute? Come on - the quality of your articles is getting worse and worse... really this is so-called "journalism" at its worst!

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-04-27 22:49

    And the rest ignored

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-04-27 22:51

    Have to remind everyone. Only the dumb get political status cause they easily manipulated and easy to control.

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