This day in history: Revisiting Mandela's 1994 inauguration

This day in history: Revisiting Mandela's 1994 inauguration

Today marks the 24-year anniversary of the day Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the president of the new democratic South Africa.

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After being elected the first democratic president of South Africa on 27 April 1994, Nelson Mandela, who died in December 2013, had his inauguration only a few days after.

So, in honour of his inauguration ceremony on 10 May 1994, Briefly.co.za gathered the speech he gave during the ceremony.

Parts of his speech read:

"The time for the healing of the wounds has come,” he said.
“The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come.
“The time to build is upon us.
“We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation. We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.
“We succeeded to take our last steps to freedom in conditions of relative peace. We commit ourselves to the construction of a complete, just and lasting peace.”

Throughout his presidency, Mandela managed to unite a nation and help his people be free of the Apartheid oppression.

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Here is three of our favourite Madiba moments:

1. The Springboks Rugby World Cup final in 1995

When the first post apartheid Rugby World Cup began in 1995, it was still regarded a white man's game. Needless to say, the black majority did not support it.

However, Mandela saw it as an opportunity to unite the country and encouraged black people to support the Boks.

And, after the South African team came out victorious, Madiba handed over the cup to the captain, Afrikaner Francois Pienaar.

2. The 2010 World Cup

Madiba made an appearance at the 2010 Soccer World Cup held at Soccer City in Johannesburg. Although he looked frail, the former president took the time to come out and wave to the people in the stands.

Hosting the World Cup in SA provided the country with an opportunity to shine on an international scale.

3. Passing on the torch

During the celebration in honour of Nelson Mandel's 90th birthday, which was hosted by Will and Jada Smith at London' Hyde Park, Madiba announced he would be stepping down in the most graceful way.

"It is time for new hands to lift the burdens, it is in your hands now."

Take a look at Madiba's complete speech below:

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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