Tshwane - President Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as South Africa's 5th democratic president Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on Saturday.
Ramaphosa had arrived moments earlier, accompanied by his wife Dr Tshepo Motsepe. The lively crowd in the stadium erupted with cheers as Ramaphosa said, "So help me God", raising his right hand on the podium.
The crowd gathered at Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria cheered loudly on Saturday morning as Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived, making his way to join other heads of state on the stage.
Heads of state and government, including Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi, Namibia's Hage Geingob, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, and Rwanda's President Paul Kagame were among the many dignitaries who walked the red carpet to the massive stage erected on the stadium turf.
Mnangagwa posed, waving at the scrum of photographers and journalists, before turning to the ecstatic crowd.