Top moments from Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidential inauguration speech

Top moments from Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidential inauguration speech

- Cyril Ramaphosa has officially been inaugurated as the 5th South African president

- The inauguration event was held for the first time ever at Loftus Stadium so that more people could attend

- Ramaphosa gave a rousing speech, which touched on many important topics such as poverty, corruption and xenophobia

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Cyril Ramaphosa gave his first speech as the 5th president of South Africa today at a ceremony at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria.

This was the first time ever that the inauguration event was held at the stadium as opposed to at the South African Union Buildings.

Ramaphosa made many important points in his official inauguration speech, which touched on a variety of topics important to South Africans, including poverty, corruption and xenophobia.

Corruption has been a hot topic in South Africa recently, as many top politicians seem to be perpetually embroiled in corruption scandals.

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Ramaphosa addressed this pertinent issue in his speech, telling the crowd at Loftus Stadium that he plans on holding government officials accountable to their actions, no matter what.

“Let us forge a compact for an efficient, capable and ethical state, a state that is free from corruption, for companies that generate social value and propel human development, for elected officials and public servants who faithfully serve no other cause than that of the public.”

The newly-inaugurated president of South African also addressed the problem of poverty, reported EWN.

Ramaphosa painted a strong and positive picture of the future of SA, telling attendees that solving poverty in SA is one of his top priorities.

“It is a society where every person, regardless of race or sex or circumstance, may experience the fundamental necessities of a decent, dignified life. Let us declare our shared determination that we shall end poverty in South Africa within a generation,” Ramaphosa told listeners.

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The SA president also made specific mention to the importance of South Africans learning to work with other Africans.

This may come in light of the xenophobic attacks which left many wounded and displaced earlier this year.

Overall, Ramaphosa gave South Africans a hopeful and rousing speech, thanking the country’s citizens for their trust and patience.

“Despite our differences, despite a past of conflict and division and bitterness, despite the fierce political contestation among 48 political parties in recent months, we share the same hopes and fears, the same anxieties and aspirations. South Africans want action and not just words and promises.”

Read the Ramaphosa’s inauguration speech in its entirety, here.

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