National Assembly to elect new SA President today

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Speaker Baleka Mbete. Picture: Lucky Morajane

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, announced today that she has received a letter from President Jacob Zuma informing her of his resignation as the President of the Republic of South Africa.

The letter of the President will be officially published in the parliamentary Announcements, Tablings and Committee (ATC) journal, for the attention of Members of Parliament. The resignation of the President is effective immediately.

The Speaker has been informed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng of his availability to preside over the National Assembly’s election of the new President this afternoon, 15 February. This has necessitated that the election of the President, which was initially scheduled for Friday, 16 February 2018, be changed to today at 14.00.

Effectively, this changes the agenda of today’s sitting of the National Assembly from considering a proposed Motion of No Confidence in the President, to that of electing a President.

The Speaker thanked Zuma for his service to the people of South Africa in the last eight years and wished him well.

Following Zuma’s resignation, Parliament’s programme for the next few days has changed and these are items to note:
• Election of the new President at 14.00 on Thursday, 15 February

• Joint sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces at 19.00 on Friday, 16 February for the President to deliver the 2018 State of the Nation Address

• Joint sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces on Monday, 19 February to debate the President’s State of the Nation Address

• Reply by the President to the debate on Tuesday, 20 February

• Budget Speech at 14.00 on 21 February

Statement issued by Parliament