Zuma serenades supporters

2017-02-09 23:31
(Jenni Evans, News24)

(Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma treated the thousands of supporters who waited for him at the Grand Parade to his belly laugh and a reprise of Mshini 'Wam after a fraught #SONA2017 on Thursday night.

His arrival saw the loyal crowd spring back into action after his delayed speech saw some leave and others start reclining on the square, after waiting from mid-afternoon for him.

Standing at the edge of the stage, he stood confidently and spoke directly to his supporters, leaning towards the audience.

He said the speech was important to South Africans, and those who did not think so were "exposing themselves".

He sang Lendlela and at the request of his supporters, Mshini 'Wam.

Aides appeared a few minutes into the song, indicating that he should leave, but Zuma pressed on. State Security Minister David Mahlobo and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula gave nervous smiles to indicate that everything was fine, but the aides kept tugging at them.

Fears earlier that the EFF and ANC might clash at the Grand Parade had the city on edge.

But Zuma was not letting up.

And with a final dip into the song he was moved off the stage.

Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  cape town  |  sona 2017

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