Violent Storm Disrupts Zuma’s Reconciliation Day Speech

The marquee tent at the Reconciliation Day celebrations at Gopane in the North West was blown away by a strong wind during President Jacob Zuma's speech. Image: SABC

President Jacob Zuma’s speech at Reconciliation Celebrations was interrupted by a violent storm that stopped the celebrations in North West yesterday.

According to North West spokesperson, Brian Setswambuung, the storm violently shook the marquee tent in which the event was held and blew it away.

“Fortunately, no one was injured. As a result the proceedings were stopped before the time.” He said.

Setswambuung adds that the event which was held in Gopane, was well attended and had more than 15 000 people attending including several politicians like North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo and Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa.

He believes that the event was a roaring success despite the bad weather.

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