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27 presidents to attend Zuma's inauguration

Govt says they expect the inauguration to be a momentous occasion.

Collins Chabane briefed the media on the programme saying they expect it to be a momentous occasion. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

PRETORIA - The government confirmed 27 heads of state will be attending the presidential inauguration in Pretoria tomorrow.

President Jacob Zuma will be sworn in at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatr e for a second term.

Several local artists will also be performing at the event.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane briefed the media on the programme for tomorrow saying they expect it to be a momentous occasion.

"The inauguration of the president will be a culmination of the transition process signalling yet another important phase in the country's development."

The cultural programme will start at 8am tomorrow with performances by Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Kurt Darren, Claire Johnston, Mafikizolo and others.

The formal ceremony will start at 11am then the president will take the oath of office in front of the nation.

Some foreign dignitaries to attend the event include Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan.

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