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Dignitaries arrive for inauguration

2014-05-24 09:12

Pretoria - Local politicians, business people, entertainers and members of civil society arrived at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday morning, ahead of the presidential inauguration of Jacob Zuma.

African National Congress stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela took her seat in the amphitheatre, which is named after her ex-husband former president Nelson Mandela. She was dressed in black as she was still in mourning following Mandela's death in December last year.

ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe welcomed guests to the event. Radebe joked about how some MPs were nervously waiting for Zuma's cabinet announcement on Sunday.

"Trevor Manuel is the only one not worried about tomorrow," he said as the crowd giggled.

Manuel resigned from Parliament earlier this year.

He and his wife Maria Ramos were seated in the front facing the stage where Zuma will be sworn into office. They were sitting next to Public Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

Other ministers attending were Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane and Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Peterson.

Newly sworn in Members of Parliament were also in attendance. They included former police commissioner Bheki Cele, the Democratic Alliance's Mmusi Maimane, and ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu.

Economic Freedom Fighters MPs Magdalene Moonsamy and Floyd Shivambu, and the party's National Council of Provinces member Fana Mokoena were sitting with the MPs on the side of the stage. Shivambu and Mokoena sat with the complementary blankets over their heads.

DA leader Helen Zille arrived at the Union Buildings in a leopard print fascinator and matching scarf.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Electoral Commission of SA chairwoman Pansy Tlakula were also at the inauguration.

Congress of SA Trade Unions president Sidumo Dlamini and deputy general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali were seated near the front.

Also in attendance were KwaZulu-Natal businessman Vivian Reddy and businessman Patrice Motsepe and his wife Precious who were seated in a section reserved for business people.

Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman, SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan and Orlando Pirates boss Irvin Khoza were also in attendance.

New Independent Police Investigative Directorate head Robert McBride walked around greeting people.

Entertainers including Mara Louw were present.

A total of 4 500 guests were expected to be seated in the amphitheatre.

Duarte urged people to get up and dance as entertainers sang. Some guests could be seen on the big screen taking Duarte's advice.

Two big screens showed guests arriving at the Union Buildings and walking up the red carpet.

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