Statement on Affirming the Inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris

The United States Congress has completed its Constitutionally mandated count of the Electoral College vote and affirmed the election of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris.  They will be sworn into office and a peaceful transfer of power will occur on January 20, 2021.  The accused criminals who committed violent acts of terror against our democracy this week will be held accountable in accordance with the rule of law in the United States.  Our heartfelt gratitude to the many citizens of South Africa who sent messages of support during yesterday’s difficult hours.  The enduring friendship and partnership between the United States and the people of South Africa will endure and thrive as we recommit to supporting and living up to our democratic ideals.