Today marks start of 2nd phase of transformation – Jacob Zuma

2014-05-24 12:48

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President Jacob Zuma said he was honoured to be able to lead the country for another five years, adding that today marked the start of the “second phase of our transition from apartheid to a national democratic society”.

“I am greatly honoured to stand before you today and accept the mandate bestowed on me to lead this great nation for the next five years,” he said during his inauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

“This year, we mark 20 years of freedom and 20 years since [former president] Nelson Mandela took his oath of office at this very amphitheatre.”

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng swore Zuma in as president of the country at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre.

Zuma said a lot of progress had been made in the country since democracy.

“The democratic government set out to implement policies and programmes that would change the quality of life of all, especially the poor and workers. A lot of progress has been made,” he said.

But, he said more needed to be done to reverse the legacy of apartheid.

“We have successfully completed the first phase of transformation. Today marks the beginning of the second phase of our transition from apartheid to a national democratic society,” Zuma said.

“This second phase will involve the implementation of radical socio-economic transformation policies and programmes over the next five years.”

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