Officials in Parliament are preparing for the swearing-in of the new president of the Republic on Thursday.

Jacob Zuma announced that he was bowing out of high office on Wednesday night at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has told the National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete that he will not be available tomorrow to preside over the swearing-in of the president.

The election of the new President is now expected to take place during the Special Sitting on Thursday.

The Chief Justice’s spokesperson, Nathi Ncube says Mogoeng will officiate the ceremony on Thursday.

“I can confirm that the chief justice was contacted Last by the speaker to enquire about his availability to preside over the election of the new president.He then indicated his availability today to have this finalised. The officials are now finalising the necessary arrangements for the swearing in and the preceding over to take place today.”

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