Former President Jacob Zuma made a grand entrance at Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s funeral in Ulundi, capturing the attention of everyone present.
Accompanied by his bodyguards, Zuma walked in before 10 am, causing members of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) to erupt in joy. The stadium stands were filled with jubilant IFP supporters, thrilled to see their former president.
Zuma waved and smiled as he walked in, further fueling the excitement in the stands. His warm reception mirrored that of IFP President Velenkosini Hlabisa, who was also greeted with cheers upon his arrival. The stadium, tightly guarded by security, witnessed a moment of unity as both Zuma and President Cyril Ramaphosa exchanged greetings and even shared a hug.
The official funeral proceedings experienced a slight delay due to the entrance of hostel dwellers and additional IFP supporters. These enthusiastic individuals performed traditional Zulu dances and chanted war songs, adding to the vibrant atmosphere.
By 11 a.m., the stadium was already packed, with more people attempting to make their way inside.
Reverend Thulasizwe Buthelezi, the programme director, attempted to call the crowd to their seats so that the programme could commence.
However, his pleas were ignored as the joyful singing continued. According to the official programme, Ramaphosa is scheduled to deliver the eulogy at approximately 1 p.m., though this may be delayed if the current disruptions persist.
Zuma’s presence at the event quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, with his supporters expressing their excitement over his warm welcome. The funeral serves as a reminder of the impact and influence that leaders like Zuma have had on the nation.