PRETORIA - President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said South Africa's sixth general elections, held last week, once again proved the vibrancy of democracy in the country which was once a pariah state during apartheid.
Addressing journalists and the newly-appointed ambassadors and high commissioners at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria, Ramaphosa said the 2019 elections were specifically significant because they happened 25 years after the attainment of democracy.
"We are meeting here today, a week after our country's sixth democratic elections, and I would like to thank you for expressing your good wishes. Each one of you [foreign envoys] has articulated congratulatory messages that we have not only received from yourselves but your heads of state. We really are truly grateful," said Ramaphosa.
"The elections have demonstrated the stability and the vibrancy of our democracy and the continued engagement of South African people in the important decisions that affect their lives. These elections hold a special significance because it has taken place in the year in which we are celebrating 25 years of our freedom and democracy in South Africa. It has been a quarter of a century since the 27th of April in 1994 when all South Africans of voting age, of all races and backgrounds, voted for a democratic dispensation for the very first time."
Ramaphosa made the remarks shortly after receiving Letters of Credence from Ambassadors and High Commissioners-designate who have been designated by governments of 12 countries to serve in diplomatic missions in South Africa.