Zuma Sworn in as South Africa’s President
9 May 09 | AJE
Jacob Zuma has officially become South Africa’s new president – the fourth democratically-elected president since apartheid ended 15 years ago. Zuma took the presidential oath at a ceremony in Pretoria, saying that the country was entering a new era in its history. More than 11 million South Africans voted for the ANC. Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa reports from the ceremony. (2:21):
Zuma, who took the oath of office at a ceremony in Pretoria on Saturday, vowed to uphold the tradition of reconciliation begun by Nelson Mandela, one of his predecessors and the man who led the struggle against white apartheid rule.
“He made reconciliation the central theme of his term of office,” Zuma said in his inauguration speech.
“We will not deviate from that nation-building task. Thank you Madiba [Mandela] for showing us the way.”
While taking the oath of office, Zuma promised to “protect and promote the rights of all South Africans”.
Besides Mandela, two of Zuma’s other predecessors – Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe – were at the ceremony alongside about 5,000 other guests, including 30 visiting leaders. >>>