(Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)
Cape Town - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on Wednesday swore
in MPs as the country's fifth Parliament convened for the first time.
MPs took the oath or solemn affirmation in groups of 10,
with the first including President Jacob Zuma, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, and Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor.
The next group included Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who
is widely expected to return to his portfolio when Zuma announces his Cabinet
on Sunday, after former SA Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni withdrew from the
ruling party's list of MPs.
Zuma will remain an MP for only a few hours before being
formally elected president for a second term by members of the National
His former political protégé turned foe, Julius Malema, was
sworn in along with nine other members of his Economic Freedom Fighters. The
party holds 25 seats in the chamber after winning six percent of the vote in
the 7 May elections.
Malema and his colleagues wore red workers' overalls to
symbolise their stated aim of representing the poor.
Earlier, hugs, kisses, and handshakes were exchanged in the
Assembly as MPs took their seats before the swearing-in ceremony.
Animated conversations took place between ANC MPs - more
than 60% of whom are returning to the fifth Parliament after the elections.
Some of the ruling party's MPs walked over to MPs from the
EFF to welcome them to the House for the first time. Former Limpopo premier
Cassel Mathale greeted Malema warmly with a handshake and a pat on the back.