Ramaphosa takes oath of office

Cyril Ramaphosa began his second term as president when he was sworn in on Wednesday.

The swearing-in ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria was presided over by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Ramaphosa, re-elected by the National Assembly last Friday, is the fifth democratically elected leader of South Africa. 

The event began with the SA National Defence Force’s ceremonial guards playing “Into Ingawe”, signalling Ramaphosa’s arrival at the iconic amphitheatre. 

Accompanied by his wife, Dr Tshepo Motsepe, Ramaphosa arrived at 11.50am.

During the ceremony, the chief justice asked Ramaphosa if he was familiar with the presidential oath of office and had any objections to taking it. 

Ramaphosa replied, “No.” He then took the oath, pledging to be faithful to the Republic of South Africa, uphold the Constitution, promote the rights of all South Africans, and devote himself to the nation’s wellbeing.

With his right hand raised, Ramaphosa concluded the oath with the words, “So help me God.” 

Zondo then congratulated him, announcing, “The president-elect has been duly sworn in”, to loud cheers and applause from the audience, while Ramaphosa kissed his wife.

The inauguration marks the beginning of Ramaphosa’s second term as he leads South Africa’s transition into its second Government of National Unity, following the ANC’s poor performance in the May 29 elections.

Pictured above: Cyril Ramaphosa being sworn in. 

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