Photo Essay

Presidential Inauguration: In Pictures

By Chanel Retief and Ayanda Mthethwa 25 May 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa walks with SANDF leaders to inspect the parade of soldiers on the pitch at Loftus Stadium in Tshwane during the presidential inaugeration.

Thousands of South Africans filled Loftus Stadium on Saturday for the presidential inauguration of Cyril Ramaphosa. The festivities ranged from cultural performances by the Tshwane Gospel Choir and the SANDF’s marching band. The atmosphere throughout the day was that of excitement as many gathered to witness this momentous occasion.

President Cyril Ramaphosa greeted the audience at Loftus Stadium in Tshwane during the presidential inauguration on 25 May 2016.
The presidential inauguration on Saturday in Tshwane was the first open to the public.
SANDF members marched on the pitch at Loftus Stadium in Tshwane during the inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa on 25 May 2019.
Performers entertained the crowd at Loftus Stadium during the presidential inauguration of Cyril Ramaphosa.
SANDF members marched on the pitch at Loftus Stadium in Tshwane during the inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa in May 2019.
EFF leader Julius Malema speaks to the media before the presidential inauguration.
Members of the public arrived early to witness the first presidential inauguration opened to the public at Loftus Stadium in Tshwane.
An audience member at the presidential inauguration at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria salutes.
SANDF members marched on the pitch at Loftus Stadium in Tshwane during the inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa in May 2019.
DA leader Mmusi Maimani poses for a photo at the presidential inauguration in Tshwane.
Planes fly over Loftus Stadium during the presidential inauguration.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife Dr Tshepo Motsepe hold hands as they arrive at the presidential inauguration in Tshwane in May 2019.
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