Daily News Brief

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Cyril Ramaphosa Elected As President Of SA, Opposition Wishes Him Well

African National Congress leader Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as the president for the sixth democratic Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.  Members of the national legislature were sworn in on Wednesday morning by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

Sisi Ntombela Re-Elected As Free State Premier

Sisi Ntombela has been re-elected as the premier of the Free State.  Former Maluti-a-Phofung mayor Vusi Tshabalala will be the new chief whip in the province while Zanele Sifuba has been elected to the speaker position.  The Free State legislature joined several other provincial bodies in holding its first sitting on Wednesday where its newly elected members were sworn in.

Youngest NCOP Member (20) Prepares For New Start In Cape Town

The youngest member of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), the African National Congress’ (ANC) Itumeleng Ntsube from Botshabelo in the Free State, has been accredited at Parliament.  The 20-year-old will be sworn in on 23 May after attending orientation in Cape Town on 21 May.  Ntsube matriculated in 2018 and is studying towards a degree in education in Bloemfontein.

Will Ramaphosa Name New DP After Mabuza Asks To First Clear His Name?

Constitutional experts say President Cyril Ramaphosa will still have to name his deputy when the new Cabinet is announced by next week despite the sudden postponement of African National Congress (ANC) deputy president David Mabuza’s swearing in as a member of Parliament. Earlier on Wednesday, Ramaphosa announced that Mabuza wanted to first clear his name with the party’s integrity commission before taking up his seat.

Swearing-in Of David Mabuza As MP postponed

Deputy President David Mabuza has requested that his swearing-in as a Member of Parliament be postponed.  A statement issued by ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa said that Mabuza made the request in light of an Integrity Commission report.  This means that Mabuza won’t be joining his fellow party officials on Wednesday morning to take the oath. He has indicated he would like to first address the allegations by the commission.

Makhura Re-Elected As Gauteng Premier

David Makhura has been re-elected as the premier of Gauteng.  The African National Congress (ANC) earlier nominated David Makhura for the position but the Democratic Alliance also nominated Solly Msimanga for the same role.  Members of the Provincial Legislature were sworn in this morning by Judge Dunstan Mlambo.

Chief Justice Mogoeng To Preside Over Swearing-in Of 400 MPs

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 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. The swearing-in ceremony will take place without some big ANC names.

Members Of Gauteng Legislature To Be Sworn In

Members of the Gauteng provincial legislature will be sworn in on Wednesday afternoon with the African National Congress (ANC) chairperson David Makhura barely retaining the premier’s office.  The ANC and Democratic Alliance (DA) have each lost three seats in Gauteng and the governing party will have to ensure that its members never vote with the opposition.

What to Look Out For:

David Mabuza To Meet ANC Integrity Commission Next Week

The ANC’s integrity commission will meet with deputy president David Mabuza and other ANC members flagged in its report next week to hear their side of the story. The party’s president Cyril Ramaphosa released a statement on Wednesday morning saying that Mabuza had requested a postponement of his swearing-in as a Member of Parliament today.

Court Expected To Rule On ANC Member’s Inclusion On Parly List

The Johannesburg High Court is expected to deliver a judgment on Wednesday morning on a matter involving an African National Congress (ANC) member who wants to be included in the party’s list of deployees to Parliament.  On Tuesday, the court heard an urgent application by the party’s Limpopo provincial executive council member Ponani Makhubele who alleges she was removed from the National Assembly list of candidates despite being elected by branches.

Activist Group Questions Plans For ‘Inclusionary Housing’ In Sea Point

Activist group Ndifuna Ukwazi is taking a stand against moves to build a residential development in Sea Point.  The Berman Brothers group had initially planned to have 20% of the property reserved to be rented to tenants with a monthly income of less than R18,000.  But Ndifuna Ukwazi said the municipal planning tribunal had approved the development near Kloof Road on condition that the maximum household income be increased to R20,000

CoJ To Treble Budget To Electrify Informal Settlements

The City of Johannesburg will treble its budget for electrification of informal settlements from R260 million in the past three years to R750 million for the next three years. Finance MMC Funzela Ngobeni delivered his budget speech, totaling expenditure of R58 billion for the 2019/2020 financial year.