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Thousands expected to attend inauguration of president Zuma!


South+AfricanPRETORIA, May 17 – Thousands of people, including former heads of State and eminent persons, are expected to witness the May 24 inauguration of South African President Jacob Zuma, according to the Inauguration Inter-Ministerial Committee.

Briefing the media on the event here Thursday, Minister for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairman of the inauguration committee Collins Chabane confirmed that following the May 7 general election, the president-elect will be sworn in next Saturday.

The inauguration will be held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The government expects thousands of people to show up for the ceremony, with 4,500 people to be accommodated at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre.


Those to be accommodated in the amphitheatre will include members of Parliament, former heads of State, heads of State and Government and eminent persons, among others. Chabane would not reveal who the well-known guests are. Those who have been invited, he said, are still replying to the invitations. The committee, he said, will make those details available closer to the event.

“Details will be provided in due course on the processes of accreditation of invited guests. Confirmations of attendance will also be provided in due course, as guests are still responding to invitations,” he said.