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All systems go for Presidential inauguration

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Final touches on the preparations for the Presidential inauguration are being made. President Cyril Ramaphosa will be inaugurated as South Africa’s next President after the African National Congress (ANC) won the election on May 8.

The ceremony will take place at the Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria.

Police Minister Bheki Cele says, law enforcement officials have been on the ground since the beginning of the election period and will remain visible until late into the month. “Here we mostly have the South African Police Service (SAPS) members from different units, there are also Metro Police and even the National Traffic officers are here. There are more than 2,500 officials.  We are very confident that they will keep their work going,” Cele indicated.

Residents who wish to attend the ceremony have been advised not to drive to the stadium. Tshwane Metro Police’s Isaac Mahamba said, more than 200 buses from five provinces have been arranged by government.

“To the members of the community who want to come and view the event, they are encouraged to go to the Tshwane Events Centre, the old Pretoria showgrounds; they’ll be searched there and then shuttled to the stadium,” Mahamba added.

The stadium will be opened from as early 3am, however, gates will be locked once the stadium reaches a capacity of 32,000 members of the public.

Acting Director-General of the Government Communication and Information System Phumla Williams said, 4,500 VIP guests including MPs, Cabinet Ministers and their deputies, Provincial Premiers, MECs and their Mayors will also be in attendance.

Safety around the stadium has been heightened, with the Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and the Tshwane metro police deployed across the capital, together with the Road Traffic Management Corporation for law enforcement.

Religious and traditional leaders also leaders from the continent including South Sudan’s President Slva Kiir, and representatives of the African Union (AU) and the United Nation (UN) are expected to attend the ceremony.

Williams said, “for security purposes, we will not announce the heads of state (who will attend) until they have landed.”

10 000 people will be accredited through walk-ins accessed at the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, popularly known as Affies. This accreditation point will open from 3am and close at 7am, and nobody will be allowed into the venue without accreditation.

 

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