PRETORIA – Boxes of meals containing bread and chicken were handed out to large groups of people at the lawns of the Union Buildings ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s inauguration on Saturday.

People were given a quarter chicken, slices of bread, soft drinks and water.

They had a choice of either an apple, banana or pear along with their meals.

The food was neatly packed in portable brown boxes which were, in turn, wrapped with plastic bags.

Men, women and children sat on the lawns and enjoyed their meals while watching performances on stage.

The elderly were prioritised and attended to first before they were led to their designated marquee.

Host Arthur Mafokate announced that no alcohol was allowed on the grounds.

“We are here to enjoy ourselves and celebrate this country…no alcohol [is] allowed,” he said.