It is expected that ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa will be sworn in as the head of state. Picture: AP Photo

Cape Town - Speaker Baleka Mbete has confirmed the new president will be sworn in on Thursday at 2pm after the resignation of former president Jacob Zuma.

It is expected that ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa will be sworn in as the head of state.

The ANC has a majority of 62 percent in the House, and the opposition is expected to field its own candidate to contest the nomination.

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu told the programming committee that they had moved the swearing in from Friday at 10am to Thursday after Zuma’s resignation.

He also said Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will be available to swear in the new president.

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“We received information from the Speaker and the Office of the Chief Justice has made itself available in the business of officiating in the election of the new president,” said Mthembu.

Zuma resigned late Wednesday evening after the ANC insisted on pushing through with the motion of no confidence if he did not resign.

Hours after ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile addressed the caucus in Parliament, Zuma announced his resignation.

Political Bureau