Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: Zuma Inauguration - Round Two Starts Now

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Jacob Zuma's second term as President of the Republic of South Africa officially began, with plenty of pomp, on a bright Saturday morning in Pretoria. Bathed in sunlight, the majestic Union Building served as the backdrop to the swearing in ceremony, where Zuma promised - again - to be faithful to South Africa, and to obey and uphold the Constitution and all the laws of the Republic.

Judging by the standing ovation Zuma received, the 4,500-odd guests believed him as he repeated the oath of office he first swore in 2009. Among them were pretty much all of the country's great, good and powerful, as well as an impressive selection of African dignitaries.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng administered the president's oath of office, which Zuma - dressed in a typical dark suit and flanked by his first wife, Sizakele Khumalo Zuma - repeated clearly and confidently. Then Zuma stood to receive a 21-gun salute; rather unnervingly, the booming cannons (firing blanks, fortunately) were aimed directly at the good burghers of central Pretoria...

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