African National Congress President Jacob Zuma arrived to a rousing welcome at the FNB Stadium bordering Soweto in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon for the launch of the ANC Gauteng local government elections manifesto.
More than 80 000 ANC supporters cheered as Zuma made his way into the stadium, singing songs as he walked around the field waving at the crowd.
By lunchtime, Gauteng premier and provincial ANC deputy chairman David Makhura announced that 80 128 people had entered the 96 000-seat stadium.
ANC supporters were unfazed that the programme had been delayed by at least three hours, with Zuma making his way on stage after 2.30pm though the official programme was set to begin at 11am.
There were fears that Zuma might be booed and not given a warm welcome by Gauteng regions at the stadium after tensions rose between the party and the province following the Constitutional Court ruling on the Nkandla scandal and Zuma’s subsequent apology.
African News Agency (ANA)