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WRITING SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORY - MANDELA'S OATH OF OFFICE
WRITING SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORY — MANDELA'S OATH OF OFFICE
 

Mandela's Inaugural Address

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South African President Nelson Mandela takes the oath 10 May 1994 during his inauguration at the Union Building in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Here is the video clip from Mandela's Inaugural Address. See below for the transcript.

 

 

It follows the full text transcript of Nelson Mandela's Oath of Office and his Inaugural Address, delivered at Union Buildings in Johannesburg, South Africa - May 10, 1994.


 

Nelson Mandela - Speech Oath of Office

In the presence of those assembled here and in full realization of the high calling I assume as Executive President in the service of the Republic of South Africa I, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, do hereby swear to be faithful to the Republic of South Africa, and do solemnly and sincerely promise at all times to promote that which will advance and to oppose all that may harm the Republic; to obey, observe, uphold and maintain the Constitution and all other Laws of the Republic; to discharge my duties with all my strength and talents to the best of my knowledge and ability and true to the dictates of my conscience; to do justice to all; and to devote myself to the well-being of the Republic and all its people.

So help me God.

 

Inaugural Address

Your Majesties,
Your Royal Highnesses,
Distinguished Guests,
Comrades and Friends,

Today, all of us do, by our presence here, and by our celebrations in other parts of our country and the world, confer glory and hope to newborn liberty.

Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud. Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity's belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all.

All this we owe both to ourselves and to the peoples of the world who are so well represented here today.

To my compatriots, I have no hesitation in saying that each one of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld. <