Winnie Madikizela-Mandela arrives at Parliament. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)
Cape Town - New and returning MPS received a steady shower
of Cape Town rain as a welcoming gift to Parliament on Wednesday morning.
Those with some years of experience came equipped with
parliamentary umbrellas and took a leisurely stroll into the National Assembly
building ahead of being sworn in.
The recently-installed bust of former president Nelson Mandela smiled on people at the entrance. The cobblestoned drive resembled a
showroom with lines of luxury cars dropping off passengers.
Some MPs were unprepared for the rain and cold weather, and
struggled to keep their balance in stiletto heels.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela of the African National Congress
was dressed in black with feathers on her shoulders. She kept her head down to
avoid questions from the media.
President Jacob Zuma's nephew Khulubuse Zuma brightened up
proceedings in a matching turquoise top and pants.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan arrived in solemn suits a few minutes before the doors closed.
The media pack surrounded Economic Freedom Fighters leader
Julius Malema and his colleagues in red boiler suits and dust coats with aprons
as he walked to the Assembly building's front stairs. He then changed direction
and used another entrance.
Malema, also wearing a red hard-hat, smiled and seemed
unperturbed by the commotion. A journalist tried to get near him to ask a
question and was pushed away.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng presided over the swearing in
of MPs, which started at 10:30. The election of the National Assembly speaker followed.