SA Government Gears Up for the Presidential Inauguration on 19 June 2024

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The South African government is fully prepared for the much-anticipated Presidential inauguration, set to take place on Wednesday, 19 June 2024, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. This prominent event follows the re-election of President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday

Presidential Inauguration

The South African government is fully prepared for the much-anticipated Presidential inauguration, set to take place on Wednesday, 19 June 2024, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. This prominent event follows the re-election of President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday, during the first sitting of the National Assembly of the seventh democratic administration at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

In the recent vote, 339 ballot papers were cast, of which 12 were invalid. President Ramaphosa received a substantial 283 votes, defeating Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema who garnered 44 votes from Members of Parliament (MPs).

Constitutional Directives

According to Section 87 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, the President must be sworn in within five days after the National Assembly’s election. Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, confirmed at a briefing on Saturday that the inauguration would align with these constitutional provisions.

“Consequently, the provisions of Section 87 kick in and the President of South Africa must accordingly be inaugurated on Wednesday, 19 June 2024,” Ntshavheni announced.

Celebrating 30 Years of Freedom

Minister Ntshavheni highlighted the significance of this year’s inauguration, which serves as a cornerstone event in commemorating 30 Years of Freedom. The theme for this year is ’30 Years of Democracy, Partnership and Growth.’ It reflects the journey South Africa has travelled since Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the first democratically elected President in 1994.

“The inauguration will bring together South Africans from all backgrounds, walks of life, and political orientations, united in our diversity. It offers us an occasion to celebrate our democratic values and system of governance,” announced Ntshavheni.

Grand Venue and Ceremonial Proceedings

The Union Buildings Amphitheatre, along with the South Lawns, will serve as the venue for this grand ceremony. National and international dignitaries, including Heads of State and Government, are expected to attend.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will perform integral ceremonial elements, including a 21-gun salute, a salute flight by the South African Air Force, an inspection of an SANDF battalion, a battalion march past, and a massed flypast. These ceremonial displays underscore the SANDF’s allegiance to both the Republic and the incoming Commander-In-Chief.

The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), chaired by Ntshavheni, is overseeing the preparations for the inauguration. The President-elect will be sworn in by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, taking an oath or affirmation as outlined in Schedule 2 of the Constitution.

Following the oath, the newly sworn-in President will deliver his inaugural address, which will be a significant moment for attendees and South Africans watching across the nation.

Cultural and Artistic Celebrations

Attendees will be treated to a diverse range of music genres and other cultural and artistic performances reflecting South Africa’s rich heritage and achievements over the past three decades.

Security and Logistics

Security measures are in full swing. The Tshwane Metro Police will enforce road closures around the Union Buildings precinct, and residents will receive information on accessing various exits and entrances. Ntshavheni assured that law enforcement agencies are adequately deployed to ensure the safety and security of all attendees and guests throughout the event and beyond.

The Minister encouraged all South Africans to either attend this significant national event or follow proceedings via television and radio broadcasts.

“Government, therefore, calls on South Africans to take a few hours out of their time to devote attention to this special occasion and especially to encourage children and young people to observe this event as part of building social cohesion and developing an appreciation for what makes us special as a nation,” concluded Ntshavheni.

The ceremony will kick off with an entertainment programme at 09:00, with the formal proceedings scheduled to begin at 11:00.

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