Pretoria: President Jacob Zuma declares
South Africa ready for the start of the World Cup and praises
the world`s sporting event for bringing cohesion to his once
Five days from the kickoff Zuma says that the nation
has not witnessed such enthusiasm and excitement since former
President Nelson Mandela was released from an apartheid-era
prison in 1990.
Zuma spoke to reporters at the presidential guesthouse
in Pretoria Sunday, with FIFA president Sepp Blatter at his
He says South African flags have become the most
popular item for locals, and applauded the explosion of
national pride, saying it was a priceless benefit of the
Zuma also criticised those who doubted the nation`s
ability to host the first World Cup on the African continent.