Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma was warmly greeted with ululations and cheering by a jubilant crowd at the annual Freedom Day celebration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Sunday.
The president was ushered onto the lawns of the Union Buildings after 10am amidst loud cheers from supporters waving small replicas of the South African flag.
Several giant tents and a stage had been erected, and adorned with balloons. A large public address system was used to address the crowd.
Top government officials including Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Arts Minister Paul Mashatile were already present at the event.
Zuma's arrival was followed by a 20-gun salute and aerial displays by the Silver Falcons of the SA Air Force.
This year's celebrations are being held under the theme “South Africa Äa better place to live in”.
Zuma is set to deliver a keynote address at the event.