Sun. Nov 17th, 2019

South Africa’s sixth parliament: National Assembly members sworn in

South Africa's sixth parliament: National AssemblyThe Chief Justice will preside over each Member of the National Assembly’s swearing-in.

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South Africa’s 6th parliament since the dawn of democracy begins this week, with members of the National Assembly being sworn in on Wednesday.

All 400 members of South Africa’s highest House – the National Assembly (NA) – will, today, make a ceremonial pledge to the country’s citizens. The custom, presided over by the Chief Justice, Thomas Reetsang Mogoeng, heralds in a new parliamentary era. According to Parliament of the Republic of South Africa:

“The Chief Justice will preside over each Member of the National Assembly’s swearing-in or affirmation of faithfulness to the Republic of South Africa and obedience to the Constitution.”

Mogoeng is also tasked with finalising the appointment of parliament’s presiding officers, namely, the Speaker of the National Assembly, and the President of South Africa.

Read: The purpose and function of South Africa’s National Assembly

The government of South Africa is divided into two primary houses, which determine judicial parameters; the National Assembly, which is gathered for its first sitting since the election, today, and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), which will convene on Thursday.

Parliamentary seat allocations, in both these houses, are determined by the outcomes of the general elections, which, this year, took place on 8 May.

Read: Election results 2019 – Here’s who made it to the National Assembly

Watch: South Africa’s 6th parliament, first sitting of the NA

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