Under the cheers of more than 35,000 people has Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday the oath as president of South Africa passed. Among the guests the Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Congolese president Felix Tshisekedi and the South Sudanese president Salva Kiir.
In his speech at the swearing-in called for Ramaphosa to national unity and to the creation of employment. He confirmed that South Africa has an important voice on the continent, and as such has a role to play.
The 66-year-old president acknowledged that South Africa 25 years after the democracy was, still many problems need to solve. “Many South Africans go hungry to sleep, many succumbing to diseases that can be treated, many lead a life in intolerable hardship. Too many of our people do not work, especially with the young people, ” said Ramaphosa.
He alluded also to the corruption that his predecessor, Jacob Zuma blamed. The South Africans have seen how some people in whom their trust had established, to the lure of power and wealth surrendering’. “They saw how some of the democratic institutions undermined and resources wasted were’, he added.
Ramaphosa promised a ‘new dawn’ for the country, after the torch had been taken over from Zuma, in February 2018, under pressure, resigned as a result of corruption scandals. “The challenges we face are real, but not insurmountable.’