The first sitting of the Fifth Parliament of the Western Cape took place today, 21 May, in the Chamber of the WCPP. The event, starting at 10:30, saw the swearing in of the new and returning Members, presided over by Judge President John Hlope. The 42 Members of the WCPP include 26 Members of the Democratic Alliance, 14 from the African National Congress and one each from the African Christian Democratic Party and the Economic Freedom Fighters. Hon Helen Zille was elected as Premier and Hon Sharna Fernandez as Speaker. The newly elected Deputy Speaker is Hon Piet Pretorius.
On Wednesday, 21 May 2014, the 42 Members of the 5th Parliament of the Western Cape will be sworn in by Judge President of the Western Cape High Court, John Hlope. Following the swearing in, Judge Hlope will preside over the election of the Premier and Speaker. Parties will submit their nominations and Members will vote by means of secret ballot. Once the election of the Premier and Speaker has been concluded, the newly elected Speaker will preside over the election of the Deputy Speaker.
27 March 2014
A government delegation from the Free State of Bavaria met with Members of the WCPP on 27 March. The delegation, led by Minister Dr Beate Merk, Bavarian Minister for European and International Affairs, included two Members of the Bavarian State Legislature and senior government officials. Talks between the parties included the 20th anniversary in 2015 of the bilateral agreement between the Western Cape and Bavaria, as well as possible future co-operation.
The last sitting of the Fourth Parliament of the Western Cape took place on Tuesday, 25 March 2014. Besides the orders of the day, many Members of the Provincial Parliament made use of the opportunity to make farewell speeches - particularly those Members retiring from politics.