Get today's highlights from the first sitting of the fifth Parliament in which the President Jacob Zuma was formally elected.
South Africa's fifth democratic Parliament holds its first sitting on Wednesday morning to swear in new MPs and formally elect President Jacob Zuma as head of state.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will preside over the swearing in of the 400 new members of the National Assembly - a process traditionally undertaken in batches of 10 for speed's sake, Sapa writes.
16:47 - Mbete thanks the chief justice and concludes the day's event.
16:46 - Mbete returns to the podium.
16:46 - Zuma bows as he receives a standing ovation as the house claps.
With only one nomination for president, Zuma is named SA president. The house cheers.
16:44 - Mogoeng laughs as says Malema signals his availability for president.
16:43 - Mogoeng dismisses DA's objection.
16:41 - Mogoeng says anyone in the National Assembly according to Section 86 is eligible for election of president.
16:39 - Mogoeng says he is not sure DA's James Selfe's objection relates to procedure.
16:38 - Mogoeng reads from the Constitution regarding the election of a president.
Applauds from the house as Naledi Pandor calls for order.
16:35 - DA rejects to Zuma's nomination saying it is irrational and that Zuma is not a fit and proper person to be president.
16:34 - The nomination is seconded.
16:34 - Mogoeng asks if there are any nominations for president - first one goes to Zuma.
16:33 - Mogoeng will preside over the election of the President of the Republic of South Africa.
16:32 - The president will now be elected.
16:17 - Religious leaders have two minutes each to bless the house.
16:16 - Tsenoli steps down - Mbete says we now move to the item where religious leaders will bless the house.
16:15 - "It is an honour to serve and will do so with respect and diligence," Tsenoli.
16:14 - Tsenoli congratulates Mbete and also thanks SA people for renewing their mandate. He thanks the ANC for trusting them as candidates.
16:12 - Mbete says only one candidate was nominated, he agreed - Tsenoli is now the Deputy Speaker. he addresses the house.
16:11 - Mbete asks if there are other nominations.
16:10 - Tsenoli agrees to be nominated.
16:09 - Lechesa Tsenoli receives two nominations.
16:08 - National Assembly prepares to elect a Deputy Speaker.
16:07 -"Let each one of us represent our people with dignity and honour," Mbete.
16:05 - Mbete says members' interactions should be appropriate, adding that everyone is tired after the elections, but there is a lot of work ahead of them.
16:04 - "Twenty years after democracy we stand a as proud nation - though votes they got SA's mandate and dare not fail them," says Mbete.
16:03 - Mbete welcome returning members to the Parliament and thanks former speaker Max Sisulu.
16:01 - Mbete reminds the gallery that she is "a returning speaker".
She welcomes new members to the house and says more than half didn't serve in the 4th Parliament.
16:00 - Mbete says it with honour that she takes up her position.
15:58 - Everyone applauds as Mbete takes her seat.
15:57 -With 260 votes Mbete is now the Speaker.
15:57 - Mogoeng announces 366 ballot papers were counted - 18 invalid papers.
15:56 - MP's asked to observe protocol (when hearing the results).
15:55 - Mogoeng says the counting has been done for a while, but some MP's were stuck in a lift - had to wait.
15:54 - Mogoeng is back in the National Assembly
15:48 - Two women were appointed to the previously all-male Western Cape provincial cabinet announced by Premier Helen Zille on Wednesday.
"I did make absolutely sure [of] that because I had two vacancies, and because I knew you would be like a pack of bloodhounds," Zille told reporters when introducing the MECs at the provincial legislature.
"I chose two people who happened to be born with x-chromosomes."
Associate Professor Nomafrench Mbombo would take up the cultural affairs and sport portfolio. Debbie Schafer was put in charge of the education portfolio, replacing Donald Grant who moves to transport.
"We now have 200% more women than we did before," she said, to laughter from journalists. - Sapa
15:34 - The National Assembly to appoint the Deputy Speaker and the president when the sitting resumes.
15:28 - Sapa reports: Proceedings in the National Assembly slowed down considerably on Wednesday after the DA proposed its own candidate to challenge the ANC's Baleka Mbete for the position of Speaker.
The DA forced a secret ballot by nominating former Eastern Cape premier Nosimo Balindlela to challenge Mbete.
14:46 - It will take 45 minutes for votes to be counted. Proceedings have again been suspended while this is done.
Mogoeng says an MP made a mark in the wrong place... The ballot will be cancelled and re-issued. Justice Mogoeng calls for the member to come forward.
14:24 - Chief Justice Mogoeng lambasts the FF+ for objecting to Honourable CIC not voting for the Speaker.
14:17 - The EFF has snubbed the voting process for the new Parliamentary Speaker. Not one of them has gone up to the booths to vote. They sure are going to bring some colour to the National Assembly...
Premier Helen Zille has just announced the new Western Cape Cabinet that will be sworn in on Monday 26, May 2014.
The new cabinet comprises 8 Ministers who have served in this government before, and 2 new Ministers.
14:06 - Another reason why these new MPs should have a smile on their dial: they will earn a tasty R933 852 per year. – Rebecca Davis tweets. Yho.
13:50 - Chief Justice Mogoeng: If by 12 midnight we're not done... we will proceed into the next day...
13:41 - The ANC’s Malusi Gigaba says there is no doubt that Baleka Mbete will be elected as the Speaker.
12:47 - Speaking to News24, the EFF's Floyd Shivambu said the EFF has not "sold out" and that the nationalisation of mines and land expropriation without compensation remains a priority.
12:42 - Lindiwe Mazibuko - Today is bittersweet Talking to journalists outside Parliament, DA's former parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said she will be cheering her colleagues on from the gallery.
Hugs, kisses, and handshakes were comfortably exchanged in the National Assembly chamber before MPs were sworn in. Read about it all here
12:27 - Uhuru Dikgang Moiloa has been elected as deputy speaker of the Gauteng legislature.
Speaking to News24 outside Parliament, Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla said today's parliamentary proceedings continue his grandfather's legacy.
11:58 - No other nominations.
11:56 - The DA nominates Nosimo Balindlela. MP Annette Steyn announces the nomination to much applause from her DA colleagues. Another MP has seconded the nomination.
11:55 - Mbete confirms she signed a form accepting to be nominated.
11:53 - An ANC MP has been nominated as Speaker. Another MP has just seconded the nomination.
11:52 - Now for the election of the Speaker of the National Assembly.
11:50 - All 400 MPs have been sworn in. Meanwhile, DA leader Helen Zille has also officially been elected as premier of the Western Cape.
11:45 - Chief Justice Mogoeng says some MPs have signed where he is supposed so sign.... He then says to laughter: I don't think you did it because you're harbouring any intention to be Chief Justice.
Glynnis Breytenbach, ex member of the National Prosecutions Agency, has been sworn in as a DA MP.
Applause from ANC benches and laughter as remaining Cope MPs including Terror Lekota go up.
11:30 - I don't think DA MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard is too happy about Bheki Cele being in Parliament. She just tweeted: "Fired National Police Commissioner. Excoriated by Public Protector. Under investigation.Sworn in as an MP. #ProudlyBroughtbyANC Bheki Cele."
11:28 - Two more wheelchair-bound MPs are being sworn in.
11:26 - The EFF spokesperson just tweeted:
11:23 - Meanwhile, for the Western Cape government...
Parliament awoke to the sights and sounds of the Economic Freedom Fighters on Wednesday morning.
Male EFF MPs, dressed in red overalls and hard hats, sang and danced in front of the steps of the National Assembly where they were due to be sworn in.
Most female EFF MPs chose to dress as cleaners in red dust coats with aprons, and brightly coloured headscarves. Read more here.
11:12 - The DA's Mmusi Maimane has just taken his oath, alongside Makashule Gana & other DA MPs. The two are expected to contest DA parly leadership.
11:08 - IFP MP Ambrosini had to be pushed in a wheelchair to swear his oath of office.
10:54 - Mandla Mandela among those being sworn in now.
The IFP's Mario Oriani-Ambrosini is sworn in. He's in a wheelchair. He looks quite frail. Oriani-Ambrosini has cancer and asked Parliament last year to legalise marijuana use for medicinal purposes.
IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi and other party members take the oath now.
Only about 350 to go now...
Oh, Julius Malema, clad in his red overalls is being sworn in. Other EFF members joining him. And two of them are dressed as cleaners. Another is wearing a black suit.
10:42 - Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Stone Sizani, Yunus Carrim, Siyabonga Cwele among those being sworn in now.
10:41 - The ANC's Jackson Mthembu has been sworn in as an MP.
The third group, of DA MPs, gets sworn in.
10:35 - We quickly move onto the next group. This includes Pravin Gordhan, Angie Motshekga, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Max Sisulu, Nathi Mthethwa, Aaron Motsoaledi and others.
10:34 - MPs start their swearing-in oath. It's all said in a mumble. Which is hopefully not a sign of the years ahead.
10:32 - First batch of MPs being called.This includes Naledi Pandor, Jeff Radebe, Lindiwe Sisulu, Cyril Ramaphosa, Malusi Gigaba, Collins Chabane and Zuma.
10:31 - Mogoeng addresses MPs. Outlines how everything will be done.
10:30 - Wow. They're running on time. The national anthem has just been sung and a prayer done. Everyone sits.
10:24 - The new Western Cape Cabinet will also be unveiled at 13:00.
10:19 - Tina Joemat-Pettersson is at Parliament. So is Siyabonga Cwele. And Jacob Zuma has just arrived in the National Assembly too. Meeting and greeting.
10:18 - Former Police Commissioner Bheki Cele amongst the MPs who are being sworn in.
10:15 - Sapa reports: Luthuli House will have a strong presence in Parliament with ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete steering matters in the National Assembly, according to an ANC MP.
Die Burger reported on Wednesday that the ANC elected Mbete as the Speaker for the fifth parliamentary term, which starts on Wednesday.
The unnamed MP told Die Burger that the ANC had to improve its performance in Parliament, and Mbete was the right person to ensure the party's leadership stood strong in the National Assembly.
Read more here.
10:14 - The DA's Lindiwe Mazibuko is also in red...
10:02 - And Julius has arrived. Notice the gentleman behind him with what appears to be a Louis Vuitton bag. Forward with socialism eh...
9:52 - The EFF's Dali Mpofu has told Jacaranda FM: "I am here to support the EFF [Parliament] members. Symbolically this is history, one is holding back tears."
9:37 - News24's Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath is at Parliament:
9:28 - Bruised but victorious, Jacob Zuma will be sworn in for a second term as president this week. Who he chooses as his lieutenants will help decide if the next five years are as rocky as the last, Sapa reports.
After the ANC-dominated parliament has formally elected him as president on Wednesday and he is sworn in on Saturday, Zuma faces the first big decision of his second term: Who will be in the cabinet.
Read more here.
9:18 - The EFF are going to be painting Parliament red. (Apologies. That was terrible)
9:13 - Former NPA prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach has arrived at Parliament, says Power FM reporter Aldrin Sampear. She is now a member of the DA.
"I believe in justice and I believe in the rule of law and this is a platform to enhance that," Breytenbach told Sampear.
9:03 - The ANC's Jackson Mthembu has arrived at Parliament in Cape Town. "This moment means a lot to me," he has told reporters.
"We are coming to parliament to better the lives of ordinary South Africans, that is our motivation."
8:56 - Former SA Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni has withdrawn from the ANC's list for Parliament, making himself unavailable to serve as an MP, Sapa reports.Read more here.
This was announced by ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe in Cape Town on Tuesday.
The EFF have arrived at Parliament...