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Chief Justice Raymond Zondo Declares Cyril Ramaphosa President-Elect During Historic Parliamentary Session

Tinashe Mupasiri



CAPE TOWN, June 15, 2024 — In a landmark session held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Chief Justice Raymond Zondo formally declared Mr. Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa as the President-elect of the Republic of South Africa. This announcement was made during the First Sitting of the 7th Parliament, marking a significant moment in the nation’s democratic process.

The session, attended by members of parliament, dignitaries, and representatives from various sectors of society, underscored the robust democratic traditions of South Africa. Chief Justice Zondo’s declaration followed the recent national elections, which saw Mr. Ramaphosa’s party secure a decisive victory.

“The will of the people has spoken, and it is with great honor that I declare Mr. Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa as the President-elect of the Republic of South Africa,” stated Chief Justice Zondo. The declaration was met with applause and a sense of anticipation for the new administration.

Mr. Ramaphosa, who has served as President since 2018, expressed gratitude and reiterated his commitment to addressing the nation’s pressing challenges.

The President-elect is set to be sworn in by Chief Justice Zondo during the Presidential Inauguration, which will be held on 19 June 2024 at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The inauguration ceremony is expected to draw significant attention both domestically and internationally, symbolizing a new chapter in South Africa’s ongoing democratic journey.

As the nation prepares for this historic event, there is a palpable sense of optimism. The incoming administration faces critical issues, including economic revitalization, social inequality, and enhancing national security. However, there is confidence in Mr. Ramaphosa’s leadership and his ability to steer the country towards sustainable growth and development.

The First Sitting of the 7th Parliament was marked by a spirit of unity and determination, setting the stage for the future trajectory of South Africa under President-elect Ramaphosa’s guidance.