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Pretoria - Foreign dignitaries began arriving before 10am at the Union Buildings in Pretoria ahead of the inauguration of Jacob Zuma for his second term of office.
Crowds cheered and clapped as former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda arrived.
He was followed by the arrival of Gambian vice-president Isatou Njie-Saidy, Angolan vice-president Manuel Vicente, Sudan's first vice-president Bakri Hassan Salih, and Gabon vice-president Guy Nzouba-Ndama.
Around 4 500 foreign and local dignitaries were expected to attend. A further 20 000 people were expected to watch from the south lawns.
The ceremony was due to begin with inter-faith prayers, followed by a recital of the Preamble to the Constitution of South Africa, before Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng swears in Zuma.
Zuma was due to take the oath of office before he signs the swearing-in certificate, followed by a congratulatory item by imbongi Zolani Mkiva.
Zuma will address the nation after taking the national salute as the SA Air Force executes a fly-past and the SA Defence Force performs a 21-gun salute.
After a rendition of the national anthem and a civilian fly-past by SA Airways, Zuma will address those on the south lawns. - Sapa