Pretoria roads to re-open at 7pm


Pretoria - Pretoria roads affected by the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma at the Nelson Mandela amphitheatre at the Union Buildings in Pretoria would be re-opened on Saturday night, Gauteng traffic police said.

“The event is expected to end at 5pm and most roads/streets will be re-opened today (Saturday) at 7pm,” said Gauteng traffic police spokesman Obed Sibasa.

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Zuma, who would serve his second term as president, said there would be nation building programmes as many citizens still beared emotional scars from apartheid.

Stanza Bopape and Government Avenue had been turned into a traffic-free zone and traffic police recommended that surrounding roads should be avoided.

Sibasa said that overflow sections including the southern lawns, with a capacity for 20 000 people and the amphitheatre were nearly filled to capacity.

“It is peaceful, people (are) excited, celebrating and enjoying themselves.” - Sapa

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