Vice President, Guy Scott, is today expected in South Africa ahead of the inauguration ceremony of South Africa’s President-elect, Jacob Zuma.
Dr Scott will land at Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg by a commercial flight at 09:00hrs.
ZANIS staffer Emmanuel Banda reports from Pretoria that this is according to a tentative program released in Pretoria today by the office of the Zambian High Commissioner to South Africa.
The program further says Dr Scott, who will be accompanied by his wife, Charlotte, will travel by road to Pretoria on Saturday morning for the inauguration of Mr Zuma at the Union Buildings.
Former Republican President, Kenneth Kaunda, is among several other heads of states and government invited to attend the event.
The South African government has also invited the entire African Union to attend the inauguration ceremony.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba, is also expected to arrive in the country today from Angola where he went for other official duties to join hundreds of other foreign ministers to attend the ceremony.
Hundreds of guests, including journalists, have continued queuing at Pretoria City Hall for accreditation.
Meanwhile, the new South African National Assembly in Cape Town yesterday elected African National Congress President, Jacob Zuma, as the President of the Republic of South Africa according to the constitution.
According to local media reports, Mr Zuma was elected unopposed although the Democratic Alliance (DA) opposed the nomination of Mr Zuma.
DA federal executive chairperson, James Selfe, objected Mr Zuma’s nomination, saying the nomination was irrational as Mr Zuma’s conduct during his previous tenure conflicted especially with Section 96 of the Constitution.
‘’In particular he has not acted on recommendations of at least two of the public protector and he appointed a national director of public prosecutions who was manifestly unsuitable and his appointment was set aside by the constitutional court—-,’ he alleged on a point of procedure.
However, Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng, wondered whether Selfe’s allegation was related to any point of procedure before dismissing the point raised by the opposer, jokingly saying it was without costs.
By press time Judge Mogoen was in a process of swearing members of the National Council of Provinces. Yesterday, Provincial Premiers were also sworn in.