The crowd cheered as his arrival was announced.
Zuma, who would deliver ANC’s much anticipated January 8 statement, was flanked by African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe. Greeting the supporters, Zuma walked around the stadium waving at the cheering crowd.
Earlier, the Cape Minstrels entertained thousands of ANC supporters who were gathered for the 103rd anniversary of the ruling party.
The crowd went wild and many grabbed their cellphones to film the colourful parade of minstrels, who danced, blew their trumpets and waved.
The stadium was 70 percent full by 11am, with many still queuing at the turnstiles outside.
Security was tight as hundreds of city law enforcement officers, members of the SA Police Service, private security and ANC marshals maintained law and order.
Bags were searched thoroughly at access control points, slowing down the entry of people into the stadium.
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