Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has something to smile about today: he has been bestowed with the Freedom of Makana Award in Grahamstown.
The Makana Municipality says the award, which is its highest honour, is in recognition of Zuma's role in South Africa hosting a successful FIFA World Cup, his performance in the political sphere of the country and contribution to the improvement of the quality of people's lives, and outstanding leadership and stewardship.
The municipality's spokesperson, Thandy Matebese, says Makana was an astute warrior who relentlessly fought against the oppression of his people, in the same way that Zuma has done throughout his life.
"Makana is a symbol of hope and triumph, which are the qualities we also see in President Zuma," says Matebese.
Since 1994, the Freedom of Makana Municipality Award has only been bestowed once, on former President Nelson Mandela in 1996.
The President is humbled by the honour, which he will receive on behalf of all the people of South Africa.