Post elections: First session of South Africa’s sixth Parliament

National Council of Provinces [image: Parliament of South Africa]

The first session of South Africa’s sixth Parliament took place on Wednesday, 14 days after the national and provincial elections results were released by the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC).

The election buzz is still on in Mzansi as the 14 parties who have made it will be sworn in today. There is a lot to look forward to when parties such as the ANC and DA have lost a number of seats, and parties such as the EFF, ATM, GOOD and FF Plus surprised everyone by securing more seats then excepted in Parliament.

Ministers, members of Parliament, the National Council of Provinces and the President of South Africa officially occupied Parliament’s 400 seats in the midweek session as Chief Justice Thomas Reetsang Mogoeng presided.

Members of parliament were to take a ceremonial oath to the country to declare their faithfulness, respect and promise to uphold the Constitution of the the Republic of South Africa through ensuring that they do their duty to the best of their ability.

The first session of the sixth Parliament will also reveal President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new cabinet. These appointments came with a number of objections as many opposition parties, journalists and even people in the business sector objected to the idea of a large number of cabinet members as they deemed it costly and ineffective.

Deputy President David Mabuza will not take the stand on at the sitting. His wish was to first deal with his integrity report, before being sworn in as a Member of Parliament on Wednesday.

In light of the global community’s discussion on the wave of the fourth industrial revolution, issues such as land expropriation, Eskom and education were said to be the main issues that the current Parliament would focus on in the next five years.

South Africans will be able to witness the inauguration of the President of the Republic on Saturday 25 May. The ceremony will take place at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria where 32,000 people are expected to be in attendance.