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12 Feb 2015
7:08 pm

Zuma arrives for his 8th SONA


President Jacob Zuma arrived at Parliament on Thursday evening where he will deliver his eighth state-of-the-nation address.

FILE PICTURE: Flypast at the National Assembly in Parliament. Picture: GCIS.

Zuma’s motorcade drove up the cobbled-stoned street leading up to Parliament. It was led by police on motorbikes and horseback holding the South African flag.

He was accompanied by his third wife Thobeka Madiba-Zuma.

They were joined by Speaker Baleka Mbete and National Council of Provinces chairwoman Thandi Modise.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife Tshepo Motsepe arrived ahead of Zuma in a black Mercedes-Benz. They were accompanied by Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli.

Zuma stood with his hand over his heart while the national defence force band played the national anthem and the 21-gun salute was fired.

MPs applauded and chanted “Zuma”, as he entered the House just before 7pm.