CAPE TOWN Numerous showers. Afternoon clouds. Mild.

MIN15
MAX17
7 day
  • Thursday 15-17°c Showers early. Morning clouds. Mild. Showers early. Morning clouds. Mild.
    Friday 14-16°c Morning clouds. Cool. Morning clouds. Cool.
    Saturday 13-16°c Sunny. Cool. Sunny. Cool.
    Sunday 13-16°c Sunny. Cool. Sunny. Cool.
    Monday 11-18°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
    Tuesday 13-19°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
More News

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.


- SAPA
Read more on: anc  |  eff  |  mogoeng mogoeng  |  cape town  |  politics  |  elections 2014  |  parliament 2014

More In This Category
EFF the only party to battle ANC – Malema

The EFF is the only party that will truly be able to contest the elections against the ANC, unless the IEC rigs votes, party leader Julius Malema says.

Media taking side of the oppressor – Malema

EFF leader Julius Malema says the media unfairly project his party as violent, while the ANC is "the most violent party".

EFF candidates must be 'hard working community people' - Malema

The EFF will select its candidates for the local government elections based on their work ethic, party leader Julius Malema says.

Malema wades into Zuma

EFF leader Julius Malema has used a speech in KZN to lambast a "selfish" President Jacob Zuma as well as "immature and backward people" in the province "who do not know what democracy is".

Comments
Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
18 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
News24 |   OLX  |  Property24  |  Careers24  |  Spree  |