New President's inauguration to be held at Loftus in May


The president-elect, following the 2019 general elections, will not be inaugurated at Union Buildings, but rather the Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria on May 25, the presidency announced on Saturday.

"In a departure from the tradition of holding the inauguration at Union Buildings, the event will allow for greater public participation in this important national event," said spokeswoman Khusela Diko in a statement.

South Africans are set to go on the polls on May 8. This election will be the sixth since the first democratic-held elections in 1994.

May 25 is also observed as Africa Day and Diko believes the date as well as the occasion will be symbolic.

"It is symbolic that the inauguration will take place on Africa Day, as it affirms government's commitment to the advancement of the African agenda and to the strengthening of the ties between South Africa and its neighbors."

The theme of the inauguration ceremony is "Together celebrating 25 years of freedom: Renewal and Growth for a better South Africa," added Diko.

Aside from members of the public, it is expected that Heads of State and royalty from a number of countries will attend, as well as religious representatives, political parties, and representatives from regional, continental and international organizations and bodies such as the Southern African Development Community, the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN).

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