Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma on Saturday said he was honoured to be able to lead South African for another five years.
"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 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.
The amphitheatre was named after Mandela died in December last year.
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.