Johannesburg - The first sittings of the two Houses of Parliament – the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) - will be on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
In a statement on Monday Parliament said that the National Assembly will have 400 members represented from 14 political parties while the NCOP will be composed of 10 permanent and non-permanent delegates from each of the nine provinces.
"Four of them are special delegates and six are permanent delegates. Political parties are entitled to delegates in line with their share of seats in the provincial legislatures," said the statement.
When a Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL) gets appointed as a permanent delegate to the NCOP, he or she ceases to be a member of that provincial legislature.
"The sitting of the National Assembly on Wednesday will commence with the ceremonial procession. The chief justice, the acting secretary to Parliament and secretary to the National Assembly will be led by the sergeant-at-arms into the National Assembly Chamber," the statement said.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will preside over the swearing-in of the designated Members of Parliament who would choose to either take the oath or affirmation. This can be done in any of the 11 official languages of the country.
After all members have been sworn in, the chief justice presides over the election of the Speaker of the National Assembly. The chief justice calls for nominations for the position of speaker from among the members of the National Assembly.
"If more than one nomination is received, the chief justice conducts a secret ballot election. The newly elected Speaker would follow the same procedure when presiding over election of the deputy speaker," said the statement.
"At the conclusion of the election of the presiding officers, the chief justice again takes over and presides over the election of the president."
Mogoeng has also designated the Judges President of the divisions of the high court to preside over the first sittings of the Provincial Legislatures that will run concurrently with the National Assembly session.