The preparations for the inauguration of the incoming President of the Republic are proceeding according to plan and about 5 000 dignitaries are expected to attend the ceremony which will take place at the Union Buildings. About 30 000 people are expected to attend and witness the inauguration at the South Lawns of the Union Buildings, Pretoria.
The new President of the Republic will be elected by members of the National Assembly (NA) tomorrow, 6 May 2009. The newly elected President will become President-elect until he is sworn in on Saturday, 9 May 2009.
President Kgalema Motlanthe will remain President of the Republic until the new President assumes office on 9 May 2009. In terms of Section 87 of the Constitution, the President cannot be a Member of Parliament (MP) and it is for this reason that President Motlanthe will not be sworn in as a MP when all other new members are sworn in tomorrow.
The term of office of the outgoing Cabinet comes to an end when the newly elected President assumes offices on 9 May 2009. The President is expected to appoint and announce his new Cabinet by the 10 May 2009. The newly appointed members of Cabinet will be sworn in as Ministers and Deputy Ministers on Monday, 11 May 2009 in Pretoria.
Themba Maseko (Government Spokesperson)
Cell: 083 645 0810
Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)