On 10th May 1994, Nelson Mandela took the oath as south Africa’s first Black President after more than three centuries of white rule. His party had won 252 out of the 400 seats in first democratic elections in the history of south Africa.
Many dignitaries and political figures from several countries had attended the inauguration ceremony that took place in the Union Building amphitheater in Pretoria. In his speech, Mandela addressed all dignitaries respectfully and assured. While vowing as the first black President, irrespective of caste, colour, creed or race. He assured that the government would always treat all the people of the country with due respect and equality. The lovely day of inauguration was symbolic for Mandela as the South African people sang two national anthems- the vision of white sang Nkosi Sikelel – iAfrika and the blacks sang Die Stem; the old anthem of the Republic. All these events reminded Mandela how the black – skinned people were exploited by the white people earlier.