Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says the resignation of President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday night means that the motion of no confidence, which was scheduled to take place on Thursday in parliament, will no longer take place.
This means that the final arrangements in the alterations of the program of would have to be made on Thursday, especially because Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has indicated his availability to swear in the new president, says Mothapo.
In terms of the Constitution, the Chief justice is the one who determines the date of the election of the new president.— Moloto Mothapo, Parliamentary spokesperson
If the Chief Justice says he is available today, it means Parliament would have to make the necessary arrangement for that to happen.— Moloto Mothapo, Parliamentary spokesperson
Mothapo has confirmed that the State of the Nation address will be held on Friday at 7pm and Parliament is ready to host.
He says all the guests have been informed about the new arrangement on Wednesday.
As we speak now there is joint programming committee meeting to discuss matters relating to the State of the Nation Address which is taking place tomorrow.— Moloto Mothapo, Parliamentary spokesperson
The guests have already been informed yesterday and the accreditation will be reopened in the course of the day.— Moloto Mothapo, Parliamentary spokesperson
It is all systems go and everything is ready for this very important ceremony...— Moloto Mothapo, Parliamentary spokesperson
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