Presidential inauguration to be held at Loftus versfeld stadium


    It’s one day to go until president-elect Cyril Ramaphosa is inaugurated as South Africa’s head of state at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.

    This year’s ceremony has broken away from tradition by being held at a stadium instead of the Union Buildings. This will allow for more public attendance and participation. More than 200 buses from five provinces have been organised by the government to transport those who wish to attend.

    Fifteen mini buses have also been organised for people with disabilities.

    Several streets around the capital city will be closed from Friday afternoon ahead of the presidential inauguration ceremony on Saturday.

    The Tshwane Metro Police said that those who will be allowed to go through closed routes will be those residing next to the stadium.

    Lynwood Road, Jan Shoba and Francis Baard streets are amongst the roads that will be affected from 3pm.

    The stadium will be opened from as early 3am and once the 32,000 members of the public arrive at the venue, gates will be locked.

    The Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and the Tshwane metro police will be deployed across the capital, together with the Road Traffic Management Corporation for law enforcement.