Zuma, who would serve his second term as president, said there would be nation building programmes as many citizens still beared emotional scars from apartheid.

Pretoria - Pretoria roads affected by the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma at the Nelson Mandela amphitheatre at the Union Buildings in Pretoria would be re-opened on Saturday night, Gauteng traffic police said.

“The event is expected to end at 5pm and most roads/streets will be re-opened today (Saturday) at 7pm,” said Gauteng traffic police spokesman Obed Sibasa.

Stanza Bopape and Government Avenue had been turned into a traffic-free zone and traffic police recommended that surrounding roads should be avoided.

Sibasa said that overflow sections including the southern lawns, with a capacity for 20 000 people and the amphitheatre were nearly filled to capacity.

“It is peaceful, people (are) excited, celebrating and enjoying themselves.” - Sapa