South Africa will have a new president by mid-afternoon on Thursday.
The office of ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu emailed MPs on Wednesday night, before Jacob Zuma had tendered his immediate resignation as president, to inform them of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s availability.
“The chief whip of the majority party has been informed by the Speaker [Baleka Mbete] that the chief justice is making himself available after the motion of no confidence to officiate in the election of the new president of South Africa. This item was scheduled for Friday morning. We are now moving it forward to Thursday afternoon or evening,” the email read.
However, with the motion no longer necessary, Parliament will instead elect the man or woman who will replace Zuma as the country’s First Citizen.
This will most likely take place at 2pm – the same time originally allocated for the motion of no confidence against Jacob Zuma. However, Nathi Mncube‚ spokesperson for the office of the Chief Justice, would only confirm that it would be ‘this afternoon
SOURCE – TIMES LIVE