The Vice-President of the Republic, Charged with National Defence and Security, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, attended the swearing-in of the South African President, H. E. Cyril Ramaphosa, leading an important delegation from our country, in representation of the Head of State, H. E. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. The ceremony took place in the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.
H. E. Cyril Ramaphosa, 65, elected officially President of the Republic of South Africa for a 5-year mandate on 8th May, with 57.5% of the vote in favour, has been interim President of the country since February 2018, after forcing the resignation of his predecessor, H.E. Jacob Zuma due to national political problems. This is the sixth investiture ceremony in the democratic history of the country since the abolition of apartheid in South Africa.
Nguema Obiang Mangue attended the ceremony with the aim of strengthening relations between the two countries. The ceremony was attended by around 4500 guests, including more than 10 Heads of State.
“I will work day and night, the best I can, to comply with our mandate in the best interests of the South African people. Our people desire change, and change is what we are going to bring. We have a mandate to build a nation in peace with itself and with the world. We have the responsibility to revive and return democratic institutions to the level at which they work well”, said the former collaborator of Nelson Mandela, in his first speech to the nation. He also stated that he would be President for all, and not only for those who voted for the African National Congress.
The date of the investiture ceremony for H. E. Cyril Ramaphosa was not chosen at random, as it coincided with the 56th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which became the current African Union (AU), and the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the first democratic Elections in South Africa, which put a definitive end to the racial segregation of apartheid in the country, and made Nelson Mandela President.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office