While May 25th will be a day where Africans across the globe celebrate Africa Day, many African leaders will be making their way to South Africa to celebrate the inauguration of South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.
Many surprises took place during the first session of the sixth Parliament sitting on Wednesday. South African legendary musician Ringo Madlingozi was sworn in as member of Parliament (MP) for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), EFF leader Julius Malema entertained the audience with the popular ‘vosho’ dance, and Deputy President David Mabuza was not sworn in that afternoon.
One unsurprising scene was the unanimous, unopposed result of Cyril Ramaphosa being voted in as the President of the Republic of South Africa. Ramaphosa, the fifth South African President, will officially be inaugurated on Saturday in front of over 32,000 people from all over Africa and the world.
The likes of United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Gutteres, African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Fakhi, AU Chair and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the White House (excluding US President Donald Trump), Southern African Development Community (SADC) heads of state and all the MPs sworn in on Wednesday will be part of the 5,000 invited guests on Saturday.
This year’s low budget event, which will cost R100 million less than former President Jacob Zuma’s inauguration in 2014, is the first of its kind to take place at the stadium, as usually it takes place at the Union Building. South Africans wish to hear more about the direction in which President Ramaphosa will take the newly elected administration of South Africa in his term.
Through the theme “Together Celebrating Democracy, Renewal and Growth for a Better South Africa”, Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Khusela Diko, expressed that the speech tomorrow would be directed towards the pushing the ideals of Pan-Africanism, national unity, the continued effort to fight corruption and job creation.
With a much more inclusive environment created for the inauguration tomorrow, 10,000 South Africans will have the opportunity to witness the historical event. Gates open for walk-ins as early as 3 am on Saturday and close at 7 am. Shuttle services, buses and parking will be provided too. Those who will be absent will be able to catch it live at viewing sites across the country.