President Jacob Zuma has delivered the keynote address at Freedom Day celebrations in Manguzi in KwaZulu-Natal today.
Thousands gathered and received Zuma with a warm welcome in his home province, reports EWN's Ziyanda Ngcobo.
The President, speaking in isiZulu at first, took a few jabs at his detractors and those marching against him on Thursday.
He then gave his official address in English talking about the state of South Africa and what he called political immaturity.
He said just because we are in a democratic dispensation now, it doesn't mean that politics is about hurling insults and screaming at each other.— Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter
#FreedomDay Zuma:There are some who scream and shout , and claim to debate. Some don't know the difference between screaming and debating— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) April 27, 2017
#FreedomDay Zuma : some people entered politics even without an understanding of politics— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) April 27, 2017
#FreedomDay Zuma : Politics doesn't mean you must not have respect. Politics doesn't mean swearing at people , young and old.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) April 27, 2017
The President also appeared to be cordial with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, who has in recent weeks distanced himself from some of Zuma's actions.
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WATCH: President Zuma at Freedom Day celebrations