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Chief Justice swears in MPs

2014-05-21 11:24
(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 Assembly.

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.

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