ANC MPs burst into the party's latest trademark song, singing "Phakama Ramaphosa, ixesha lisondele" (rise Ramaphosa, this is your time), when his election was confirmed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who presided over the election.
"I'm trying to adapt to an environment I'm not used to, in a court of law singing is not allowed," jested Mogoeng in response to loud singing by ANC MPs.
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, who sat next to the new president during the election, hugged and kissed him after his election.
The EFF walked out before the election could take place as they were unhappy that Mbete had refused to heed their demand for Jacob Zuma's resignation letter to be read out.
However, other opposition parties such as the DA, IFP and the UDM pledged to work with Ramaphosa to solve the country's socio-economic problems.
Ramaphosa said he would be accountable to parliament and that he would introduce regular engagements with opposition parties outside the processes of the national legislature.
"One of the things that I will be seeking to do, I will seek to work with all political parties, and I will start it off with seeking a meeting with all leaders of political
parties so that we can try and find a way of working together.
"And I am heartened by some of the sentiments expressed here about working together. I will do all these as a servant of the people, I will seek to execute that task with humility, faithfulness and dignity as well," he said.
Ramaphosa also appealed to MPs to help restore the public's respect of parliament by raising the quality of debates in the house.
"Let's deal with current moment and work together on how we're going to improve the lives of our people rather than just grandstanding.
"It would be wonderful if the level of
debate in this house can be raised to the level where we can engage on national
issues without screaming at each other, without words like 'point of order' on an ongoing basis and the disorder that has often defined what happens in this House. I would want us to rise to this House.
"I agree you would want a president who will respect not only this House but also members of this House. But the flip-side of that coin also says we must respect one
another, and in respecting one another it means that we're respecting this House, it means that we'll be respecting our people."