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South African timeline post 2019 general elections

The votes are in and they’ve all been counted, so what’s next?

On the 6th, 7th and 8th May 2019, 22 925 voters went to various voting stations around the country and cast their vote with the majority voting in favour of the African National Congress (ANC). This puts several events in motion.

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Within 14 days of the confirmation of the results of the general election by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the National Assembly (NA) and National Council Of Provinces (NCOP) have to be established. This means that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will be expected to swear-in all the members of parliament (MPs). And then the speaker of the NA will be elected by the MPs, while the chairperson of the NCOP will be elected by the members of the NCOP.

This will also see cabinet ministers, their deputies and the deputy president of the country being appointed and sworn in. All of these events will be presided over by the chief justice.

Parliament has confirmed that May 22 will be the date set aside for the first sitting of the NA followed by the sitting of the NCOP on May 23. The inauguration of President-Elect Cyril Ramaphosa is set to take place at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on May 25. The president will then deliver his State Of the Nation Address (SONA) on June 20.

The chief justice is expected to make the announcement of these dates officially this week.