The Star reported that the family held the ritual at his Nkandla residence on Sunday to commune with Zuma’s ancestors.
Although no other African National Congress leaders were seen at the event, Zuma joined Zulu warriors in traditional dances as thousands of his relatives prayed for him to retain his position of ANC president.
Zuma was reportedly given a shield and spear to defend himself from other contenders for the ANC’s top position.
Zuma’s son Edward told police and security personnel to expel the media towards the end of the celebrations. A reporter for The Mercury was apparently manhandled off the premises by police.