Cyril Ramaphosa earlier today was sworn in as the fifth President of South Africa
Naija News Understands that the 66-year-old leader was unanimously elected by parliament to a five-year term after his African National Congress won legislative elections on May 8, taking 230 of the 400 seats.
Cyril while appreciating all his well-wishers at swearing-in ceremony promised to reform the country and revive its economy.
“A new era has dawned in our country. A brighter day is rising upon South Africa,” Ramaphosa said in his inaugural address.
“This is a defining moment for a young nation like ours. It is a time for us to make the future that we yearn for.
“I pledge here today that I will serve you …to build South Africa that we all want and deserve.
“Let us declare that when we gather to celebrate the 50th year of our freedom there shall no longer be any person in this land who is unable to meet their basic needs”.
Ramaphosa is a trade unionist who played a prominent part in the struggle to end white-minority rule before becoming a successful businessman.
He faces a herculean task to tackle the country’s many problems – from a sickly economy in which more than a quarter of the workforce is jobless to entrenched crime and corruption and land ownership that remains overwhelmingly in the hands of whites.
Many solutions will require him to inch his way along a high wire, balancing leftwing calls for radical change with investors’ demands for caution.
Ramaphosa’s first test will be choosing a cabinet — a task beset by rival factions within the ANC.
He is expected to name his new team within days, but the choice of vice president hangs in the balance after deputy David Mabuza said Wednesday he would defer taking his seat in parliament.
Meanwhile, it will be recalled that Nigerians First lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari had earlier took to her Twitter to advise all African presidents to desist from praise singing advisers.
— Aisha M. Buhari (@aishambuhari) May 24, 2019
Here are other Twitter reactions with regards to the president, swearing-in ceremony.
— Mthetheleli (@Nxuba__Rhudulu) May 25, 2019
Very same words Mr Jacob Zuma said, some years ago. Let's hope you mean it sir.
— Baba KaSnakho Tembe (@jabulan_tembe) May 25, 2019
When Cyril Ramaphosa was elected president of the ANC I saw him crying, tears. I didn't see tears today. I'm gonna watch this presidency closer than the wasted nine years.
— Siphiwo X (@SipiwoLolo) May 25, 2019
My Leader, Your President the Commander in Chief of staff, Your Highness Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa the Messiah of the New Dawn – Love him or Hate Him, he is here to stay and to Lead u. https://t.co/LKiVd2zDIF
— Sibusiso Mtila (@sibusiso_mtila) May 25, 2019
Cyril Ramaphosa finally "eats" the Bible. In a country so deeply divided on race & land ownership, we look forward to a good Captain on strong waves- Malema#PresidentialInauguration
— Karimi Betty (@NiKarimi) May 25, 2019