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LIVE BLOG: I will be the president of all South Africans, says Ramaphosa

MPs have been sworn-in at the 6th Parliament. These, however, exclude Nomvula Mokonyane, David Mabuza and Sylvia Lucas. Premiers have been elected.

Trengrove says it’s not appropriate for Zuma to blame the NPA for the delays when the two of them were responsible for the delays.

Trengrove says Zuma cant come and complain about delays because “you were responsible for those”

Trengrove “We are not asking you to punish him for his Stalingrad approach, but he is here asking you to stop his case because of his Stalingrad approach, the delays were a result of his Stalingrad approach. “

Judge Mnguni comes in “But was it not within his right to approach courts?”
Trengrove “He had a right to approach the courts. But the purpose was to delay”

Thursday is day three of this week in the stay of prosecution application in the Zuma trial.

The procession will soon leave the house.

Ramaphosa concludes his speech.

Ramaphosa thanks all political party leaders for their messages.

"Our people cannot eat hope, our people want more than hope."

"We must indeed ensure that government is accountable."

"OR Tambo, wherever you are, I know that you are smiling on us..."

"My focus is going to be on advancing the interests of our people," Ramaphosa adds.

Ramaphosa tells Malema that he will not serve special interest groups. "My mandate is derived from the masses of our people."

"Collaboration is my second name," Ramaphosa says.

Ramaphosa thanks Maimane for his kind words. "My mandate is to build social compact among all South Africans. I will be proceeding to do exactly that."

Ramaphosa says he wishes all could've heard Mogoeng's prayer.

"I want to thank you chief justice for doing an unprecedented act of going on your knees and praying, not only for this Parliament but also praying for this nation."

"I will seek to act and be the president of all South Africans and not just the president of those who voted for the party I lead and those who voted for the parties represented here."

"I am truly honoured to be elected to serve our country and the people of our country," Ramaphosa says.

Ramaphosa now steps up to the podium.

"If we think we are about t be in trouble, we will indicate that to you," Lekota says.

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota says he can offer advice as someone who has served as a presiding officer in Parliament. MPs say he shouldn't.

"We would like to see that we hold government accountable in a constructive way... To make sure that the most vulnerable and the poor people in our country deserve better," de Lille says.

GOOD leader Patricia de Lille says Ramaphosa has GOOD's support and love.

FF Plus leader Pieter Groenewald says we have to pray. "We have to pray to ensure there is hope for the future."

The IFP's Mangosuthu Buthelezi and FF PLus Pieter Groenewald have congratulated Ramaphosa.

"We know your proximity to Oppenheimers. We've not elected Oppenheimers here... We are warning you President, we've not elected the Ruperts... Once you listen to white monopoly capital, you must know that you are likely not to finish your term," Malema warns.

"You must never ever listen to those who say you are right against the courts of South Africa," Malema tells Ramaphosa.

Malema tells Ramaphosa he should lead a corrupt-free government.

"When we see you, we see Winnie Mandela in action," Malem says.

"there will be heated moments," Malema tells Modise. He says things should never degenerate.

Malema, on behalf of the EFF, congratulates Modise. He says the ANC has deployed a trusted force.

"i wish you great success. May God bless you," Maimane tells Ramaphosa.

Mmusi Maimane congratulates Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa accepts the nomination.

We now move on to nomination of the President. The ANC nominates Cyril Ramaphosa.

Prayers are now over.

Religious leaders are now being called on to bless the house.

Tsenoli says he is grateful for being nominated. He thanks voters for keeping the ANC as the ruling party.

Tsenoli is officially re-elected as Deputy Speaker.

Lechesa Tsenoli is nominated by the ANC as the deputy speaker. Malema jokingly says he would like to nominate the EFF's Makoti Khawula.

We now move on to nomination of the deputy speaker.

"I have learnt a lot working with Mme Baleka Mbete," she says.

Let us respect those whose voices we represent, she says.

Modise says she and all officials must remain fair at all times.

Modise says she is honoured to be elected.

Thandi Modise is offficially the new Speaker.

WATCH LIVE: MPs vote for new Speaker

The process to elect a new Speaker for the Republic of South Africa has begun in the National Assembly.

Counting is now over, Modise received 250 votes, Majola 83. 17 ballots were spoilt.

David Makhura will announce his new MPLs by the end of the week. 

The ANC Western Cape's Ebrahim Rasool has resigned as an MPL. He tendered his resignation to the incoming Speaker of the Western Cape Provincial Legislature before being sworn in as an MPL. He says it was never his intention to return to the Legislature. Full story coming shortly.

"When I was asked to lead the Elections Campaign of the  African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape Province, it was never with the intention to return to the Western Cape Provincial Legislature, but simply to help stem the ANC’s slide in Province and rebuild trust and excitement behind the Renewal Project headed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in the Western Cape. Anything more would be a bonus. "

Voting is now over, the counting process begins.

WATCH LIVE: We are back from lunch in Parliament. Voting for the Speaker is now underway.

Mabuza is seated next to Dr Tshepo Motsepe in the gallery.

All 400 MPs will vote.

This process is likely to take quite a while.

Makhura has congratulated all elected members of the provincial legislature and says the government will serve all people of Gauteng on non-partisan basis regardless of who they voted for.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of our country and of Gauteng for taking part in the sixth national and provincial elections held on 08 May. We had a peaceful, free and fair elections-Premier," Makhura says.

We now break for lunch and will return to elect the Speaker.

WATCH: The ANC nominated Thandi Modise as the Speaker of the National Assembly, which she accepted.

The DA nominated Richard Majola for the position, which he also accepted.

WATCH LIVE: ANC's Thandi Modise, DA's Richard Majola nominated as Speaker

MPs are swearing an oath to be faithful to the country, respect and uphold the Constitution and to do their duty to the best of their ability.

Mogoeng says Majola's nomination is not in order. His nomination form doesn't have his signature and is missing some details. He is being given a new form.

Majola accepts the nomination.

The DA wants to nominate Thembekile Majola as Speaker.

Malema slides in a comment.

Modise accepts the nomination. 

The ANC's Derek Hanekom seconds the nomination.

Thandi Modise has been nominated as Speaker of the National Assembly.

Mogoeng says all those nominated need to meet the Constitutional requirements.

We are now electing the Speaker.

We now have concluded the swearing-in.

There are suspicions from some that Dlamini-Zuma may be the deputy president...

ANC Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina says she was not aware of any intention by Mabuza to withdraw his name completely from the list of MPs to represent the party in the National Assembly.

ANC chief whip: If Mabuza resigns, we’re not panicking

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa issued a statement on Wednesday and said David Mabuza made the request in light of a report by the party’s integrity commission in which he is alleged to have brought the party into disrepute.

NFP Leader Zanele Ka Magwaza-Msibi, who has suffered ill health over the past couple of years, is applauded as she is led to the front.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa was overheard saying "so help me God sibambe lamasela [to catch these thieves]" while taking his oath. 

GP Premier David Makhura has been taken his oath.

Votes are now being counted in the WC Legislature.

ACDP, GOOD and UDM MPs are now being sworn-in at Parliament.

BREAKING NEWS: Nomvula Mokonyane has requested to reconsider her deployment to the 6th Parliament as House Chairperson. 

Mokonyane asks ANC to reconsider deployment in Parliament

The ANC has confirmed that Nomvula Mokonyane has asked for her deployment to Parliament as House chairperson to be reconsidered.

We're moving along steadily in Parliament while MPLs and Premiers around SA are also sworn-in.

KZN Premier Zikalala promises KZN residents that his administration will prioritize service delivery. “We pledge to deliver services and be Accountable at all times”. He says as senior government leaders “we must conduct ourselves in a respectful manner”

The process in KZN has already moved onto the election of the Premier. Sihle Zikalala thanks his supporters.

Faith Muthambi takes her oath, she is walking on crutches with a moon boot on her right leg.

The youngest party leader, Vuyo Zungula, is also being sworn-in today.

New Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina and ANCYL President Collen Maine have been sworn-in.

Incoming KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala has now been sworn-in.

FF PLus MPs are now up. This is one of the parties which performed better in the past elections.

Former DA members, now GOOD member is sworn-in at the WC Legislature.

People seem to have enjoyed those dances from EFF MPs.

Bantu Holomisa is among the next group up.

Meanwhile, in the Western Cape Legislature, MPLs, including Alan Winde, the in-coming Premier, are being sworn-in.

Julius Malema is up. There are loud cheers from EFF MPs. He dances his way to the stage. Floyd Shivambu and other EFF MPs follow him.

Supra Mahumapelo, Mondli Gungubele, Fikile Mbalula, Sdumo Dlamini and others now up.

WATCH LIVE: First sitting of the National Assembly

DA MPs including Mmusi Maimane and John Steenhuisen now take their oaths.

The next 10 are now up including Jackson Mthembu, Bathabile Dlamini, Senzo Mchunu, Thandi Modise and others.

They read out their oaths with right hands raised.

The first group includes President Ramaphosa.

Members will be sworn-in groups of ten at a time. They will then sign their forms at their desks.

Whispers of prayer can be heard around the room as the prayers round up.

Mogoeng says it's time for prayer and meditation. He says it's important to embark on this exercise. "Our country has challenges, meditate on solutions... For those who can pray, pray for solutions, pray for better vision, pray for guidance..." This is being done for 3 minutes.

As usual the EFF takes a seat during 'Die Stem' part of the national anthem.

We begin with the singing of the national anthem.

Things are about to start now as Chief Justice Mogoeng takes his seat.

ANC Head of Presidency Cde Zizi Kodwa comments on Mabuza's postponement. He says this is not the first time this happens.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says his party is ready to build one SA for all.

Outgoing Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says Mabuza's postponement is 'leading by example'.

Chief Justice Mogoeng and Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo have arrived.

New, young faces are making their way to Parliament this year, including some from the ANC and EFF.

Mabuza will meet with the ANC integrity commission to discuss its report which said he had prejudiced the integrity of the ANC and brought the party into disrepute.

ANC’s integrity committee, Mabuza to meet next week

The integrity commission’s George Mashamba said that three days have been set aside next week to give Mabuza and other ANC members a chance to give their side of the story.

Things have gotten off to a shaky start today as Deputy President David Mabuza has requested that his swearing-in as a Member of Parliament be postponed.

Swearing-in of David Mabuza as MP postponed

A statement issued by ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa said that David Mabuza made the request in light of an Integrity Commission report in which he is alleged to have prejudiced the integrity of the ANC.

Four hundred elected MPs from a record 14 different political parties will be officially sworn in as members of the National Assembly on Wednesday morning.

Chief Justice Mogoeng to preside over swearing-in of 400 MPs

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will preside over the swearing-in of the designated members who will choose to either take the oath or make an affirmation in whichever of the 11 official languages they're most comfortable with.