Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma thanked about 18 000 people on the lawns of the Union Buildings for attending his inauguration on Saturday and for supporting the ANC.

“Thank you very much for coming to be with us today as we take the oath for the next five years,” he said.

“In the last few weeks...we were all over the country campaigning...and finally the people of this country made their choice emphatically to give the ANC once again the opportunity to govern the country.”

Zuma said he was happy so many people came.

“Today we are taking the oath as mandated by the overwhelming majority of this country. We are happy you are with us here.” The crowd waved and cheered as he spoke, some waving South African flags. - Sapa