Inauguration fever hits Union Buildings

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Pretoria – The Union Buildings is abuzz with excited members of the public flocking to the Southern Lawns to witness the inauguration of President-elect Jacob Zuma as the country’s President for the next five years.

President-elect Zuma will be inaugurated for the second time as the country’s President. He was first inaugurated as President in 2009 after Thabo Mbeki.

President-elect Zuma is being inaugurated as the country’s President today after he was elected by the National Assembly last Wednesday, following the General Elections two weeks ago.

Some streets in the vicinity of the Union Buildings are lined by buses that transported people from other provinces.

According to the organisers of the event, more than 20 000 people are expected to attend the inauguration.

At the Union Building’s Southern Lawns, people are waiting with great expectation to see President-elect Zuma taking the oath for the second time.

While waiting for the big moment, members of the public are being entertained by various cultural groups from different provinces.

Joseph Skhakhane, who arrived early at the Union Buildings from Witbank in Mpumalanga, told SAnews that he can’t wait to see President-elect Zuma taking the oath for the second time.“I am here to see my President,” he said.

Young people have arrived in their numbers with great expectations. Already some are dancing to the tunes of traditional music.

Jeminah Sikhaweni from Gauteng told SAnews that she has been waiting for this day to come.

“It is the first time that I am attending an event like this. I am here to see the President taking the oath,” she said.

Many wished the President well in his second term of office. –