President elect, Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn into office on Saturday, after he took the oath of office as President of South Africa at a colourful ceremony, vowing “a new era” amid expectations he will revive the economy and fight corruption.
The occasion was graced with slot of dignitaries, heads of state from more than 40 countries were among 36,000 people who witnessed the event, military honours and an airforce flyover at a rugby stadium in Pretoria.
He was elected by parliament to a five-year term after his African National Congress (ANC) won legislative elections on May 8, taking 230 of the 400 seats.
I, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, swear that I will be faithful to the Republic of South Africa and will obey, observe, uphold and maintain the Constitution and all other law of the Republic and devote myself to the well-being of the Republic and all of its people. So help me God. pic.twitter.com/FfZwYQClnP
— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 (@CyrilRamaphosa) May 25, 2019
The ANC garnered 57.5 percent of the vote, its weakest result since apartheid was overturned 25 years ago.
Ramaphosa is a trade unionist who played a prominent part in the struggle to end white-minority rule before becoming a successful businessman.
“A new era has dawned in our country. A brighter day is rising upon South Africa,” Ramaphosa said in his inaugural address.
“This is a defining moment for a young nation like ours. It is a time for us to make the future that we yearn for.
“I pledge here today that I will serve you …to build the South Africa that we all want and deserve.
“Let us declare that when we gather to celebrate the 50th year of our freedom there shall no longer be any person in this land who is unable to meet their basic needs”.