President Jacob Zuma and SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane at Cosatu's May Day rally.679 Picture:Matthews Baloyi 2014/05/01

Polokwane - President Jacob Zuma has arrived at the Peter Mokaba stadium amid tight security for the national May Day rally in Polokwane.

A police chopper hovered above the stadium, with VIP police and ANC aligned uMkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans personnel keeping a close eye on the president.

Flanked by SACP general-secretary Blade Nzimande, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini and ANC Limpopo chairman and Premier Stan Mathabatha, Zuma received a thunderous applause from the crowd in the stadium.

Vha-Venda monarch King Tony Mphephu Ramabulala was among Zuma's entourage.

Before taking his seat, Zuma walked around the stadium waving at the crowd.

Clad in yellow and red shirts, and ANC women's league members sporting their green uniform, the crowd ullulated with excitement in welcoming Zuma. - The Star