Zuma delivers SONA 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has begun delivering the much-awaited sixth State of the Nation Address to a packed National Assembly. 

Looking dapper in a black suit, and a wine red tie and accompanied by an equally formally attired Sizakele Zuma in a dress suit with a black and gold jacket and matching head dress, President Zuma made his way into the National Assembly from the steps of Parliament, where the National Anthem was sung and a 21-gun salute marked the occasion.

The eyes of the nation have turned to him as he outlines government’s plans for the next year as well as reflects on the last five years of the current administration.

 The President arrived at Parliament in a special vehicle, led by a mounted police escort and a military ceremonial motor escort. The route was lined by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) officials.

A national salute by the Ceremonial Guard of the SANDF, a fly-past by the South African Air Force and a 21-gun salute took place shortly after his arrival at the stairs of the National Assembly.

He then waved to the crowds and posed for photographs before entering the House.

Ministers, judiciary officials, diplomats, foreign guests and other dignitaries earlier took their seats in the National Assembly. – SAnews.gov.za