A sod-turning ceremony will be held in the North West at the place where President Jacob Zuma was arrested in 1963 by the apartheid government.

A monument is expected to be built at the site.

The ceremony will form part of Friday’s National Reconciliation Day celebrations held at Gopane village in Leherutshe in the province.

Zuma was sentenced to 10 years in prison, which he spent on Robben Island.

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo says, “We are going to be doing a sod turning where president Zuma was arrested so that people can know where president Zuma was arrested as he was trying to cross over into exile from Groot Marico.”

“The preparations for the national Reconciliation Day are at an advance stage. The people of Bokone Bophirima are waiting eagerly to receive the country and president Zuma. They are in a celebratory mood, they are in a reconciliatory mood,” adds Mahumapelo.