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LIVE BLOG - 'A new era has dawned in our country': President Ramaphosa makes bold promises

More than 30,000 people witnessed the presidential inauguration of Cyril Ramaphosa at the Loftus Rugby Stadium in Pretoria on 25 May 2019.

WATCH: Cyril Ramaphosa's inauguration 

That’s a wrap for our live blog today. Cyril Ramaphosa was inaugurated as president of the sixth democratic administration of South Africa. More than 30,000 gathered today to witness the event. Here are some things you may have missed. Happy reading!


What South Africans on social media have to say about President Cyril Ramaphosa's dance moves.

President Ramaphosa is now greeting the invited heads of state. 

The national anthem will be sung.

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"And I pledge here today that I will serve you, I will work with you, side by side, to build the South Africa that we all want and deserve. A new era has dawned in our country. A brighter day is rising upon South Africa and upon our beloved continent, Africa."

Ramaphosa ends his speech by saying he hopes the Lord will bless Africa.

President Ramaphosa has vowed to serve all South Africans.

"We must be a society who values excellence." 

"All South Africans want action... we don't want words and promises. There shall be action in our land to reshape our country in the image of our dreams."

"As we make this bold declaration, we are aware of the challenges."

"No child will go to bed hungry. Every school child will be able to read."

"There shall no longer be any person in this land who will be unable to meet their basic needs."

"It is a time for us to make the future we yearn for us." 

"This is a defining moment for a young nation like ours."

"We all want our children to have lives that are better than our own."

Ramaphosa is now addressing unemployment among youth, as well as the effects of state capture

"Our people have felt the warm embrace of liberty."

"Today we reaffirm our determination to work with out sisters and brothers across the continent," saidRamaphosa.

"We are deeply honoured by the presence of heads of state here today."

There's a mood of celebration among South Africans at the stadium today. Others have shared their excitement on social media, after Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as president. 

Meanhwhile, outside the stadium, police appear to have their hands full.

President Ramaphosa inspects the battalion. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN.

It's been announced that there is free Vodacom WiFi to share pictures to social media. 

"I will do justice to all and devote myself," said Ramaphosa.

Cyril Ramaphosa is taking the oath of office.

Former Speaker Baleka Mbete has called on the crowd to respect prayers and speeches being made. "I see people moving around," she said.

Religious leaders have taken to the stage to pray before Cyril Ramaphosa takes the oath of office.

Former President Frederik Willem de Klerk has arrived for the ceremony.

We're live at the inauguration at Loftus!

Namibia's President Hage Geingob has arrived. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN.

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi arrives for the ceremony. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived for the inauguration of Cyril Ramaphosa today. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN.

#Malema is now trending at number 1 on Twitter. This follows his warning to President Cyril Ramaphosa on appointing Pravin Gordhan after the Public Protector's report. 

Lesotho Foreign Minister Lesego Makgothi speaks to Clement Manyathela on Ramaphosa's importance for our neighbouring country. 

Song, dance and jubilation ahead of the ceremony this morning! 

South Africans sing and dance ahead of the presidential inauguration of Cyril Ramaphosa on 25 May 2019. Pictures: Abigail Javier/EWN.

EFF leader Julius Malema is always ready to share his views! The EFF leader said Cyril Ramaphosa should not appoint Pravin Gordhan. His comments relate to the Public Protector's report, which found Gordhan guilty of acting improperly when he approved the early retirement of former Sars commissioner Ivan Pillay and authorised his full pension benefits.

Mandla Mandela and his wife, Nosekeni Rabia Mandela, at the inauguration of Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN.

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is among the guests who have arrived for the ceremony. 

 

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN.

Welcome to EWN's live for the presidential inauguration of Cyril Ramaphosa. EWN brings you live updates of the ceremony.