Foreign heads of state to attend inauguration

By Drum Digital
23 May 2014

Foreign dignitaries attending President Jacob Zuma's inauguration include heads of state and government, deputy heads, and former heads.

Foreign dignitaries attending President Jacob Zuma's inauguration include heads of state and government, deputy heads, and former heads, the international relations department said on Friday.

"International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the countries attending the inauguration will also be celebrating with South Africa as the country marks 20 years of freedom and democracy," spokesman Clayson Monyela said in a statement.

Dignitaries from around 47 countries were expected at Saturday's inauguration ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane on Friday said 4500 invited guests would be seated in the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings in Pretoria for the inauguration, while 20,000 people would be accommodated on the south lawns.

Fourteen eminent persons and 118 foreign ambassadors who live in South Africa would also attend the ceremony.

Among the special guests were also South African royalty, he said.

-SAPA

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