Step-by-step guide: What happens following passing of motion of no confidence

John Maytham explains what will happen now.

The motion of no confidence will take place.

It will undoubtedly be passed, says John.

Immediately the President does not exist as the President and nor does the Cabinet.

John Maytham, CapeTalk host

The President, Deputy President, and Cabinet no longer hold those posts.

The National Assembly then has a maximum of 30 days to appoint a new President.

But it doesn't have to take 30 days, they can do it in 30 seconds.

John Maytham, CapeTalk host

At the time of the election for President of the Republic of South Africa, the candidate has to be a Member of Parliament - which Cyril Ramaphosa is.

So as soon as the motion of no confidence is passes, technically a new motion can be put to the House proposed that Cyril Ramaphosa be elected as the next President.

Even if other parties nominate candidates, Ramaphosa will undoubtedly win that vote as the ANC hold the majority of MPs.

He will then be de facto the country's President. To become de jure the country's President, he needs to be sworn in by the Chief Justice.

John Maytham, CapeTalk host

John suggests that if Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng can swear Ramaphosa in on Thursday, it could all be done then.

Then on Friday, Cyril as the president, could deliver the State of the Nation Address.

John Maytham, CapeTalk host

He does not have to announce his Cabinet immediately and it is, in fact, encourage that he consults with the top six and ANC leadership about Cabinet positions.

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