As the inauguration process is underway at the Loftus Vesfield Stadium in Pretoria, the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF) Colonel Victor Khasapane says the preparation to the presidential inauguration took months to put together.

According to Khasapane, the number of members of the force has increased as compared to other inauguration. He says, “It was the President’s wish to have us here at the inauguration.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa was on Friday at Loftus Vesfield stadium to inspect the preparation.

Khasapane says it was important that that the president is part of the rehearsals, “ where he will be able to understand the role he’s going to play and secondly to see the readiness”.