- Former president Jacob Zuma has made his third official public appearance since resigning as president on 14 February
- Zuma attended the official opening of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature on Tuesday morning
- Loud cheers and ululations greeted Zuma as he arrived at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg
Loud cheers and ululations greeted former president Jacob Zuma as he arrived at the opening of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday morning. King Goodwill Zwelithin presided over proceedings
Zuma arrived at the Royal Showgrounds in the provincial capital with his full presidential security detail. Zuma seemed in high spirits as he smiled at the gathered crowd and greeted politicians.
This is the third time Zuma has appeared in public since he resigned as president of the country on Valentine’s Day.
Briefly.co.za can confirm Zuma’s first appearance was a farewell cocktail dinner with President Cyril Ramaphosa, members of the cabinet and their deputy ministers last week and his second appearance was at an Nkandla school on Saturday.
Zuma controversially told students on Saturday that he would have arrested all young people who were addicted to drugs or tried to skip school and sent them to Robben Island, where they would be forced to study if he were granted six months of absolute power.
The opening of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature is a colourful and traditional affair which honours the royal Zulu family. A colourful cowhide was placed over the red carpet for His Majesty to walk on while amabutho (regiments) sang traditional amahubo (hymns) in respect of the king.
Shortly after Zuma arrived the brass band took up their position in anticipation of the King’s arrival.
Premier Willis Mchunu is scheduled to deliver the state of the province address on Wednesday.
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