Meet the ANC’s new team for Parliament

A meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) has decided on sweeping changes to the party’s Parliamentary caucus.

Thandi Modise, the current chairperson of the national council of provinces (NCOP), will be nominated by the ANC to be the new speaker of the National Assembly.

The current deputy speaker of the assembly, Lechesa Tsenoli, will again by nominated as deputy.

Asked whether Modise — a former member of the ANC’s top six — could open herself up to objections about her ability to be an impartial speaker, ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule said she is more than qualified for the task.

“Everybody comes from a political party — all members of parliament. Anybody who has to preside will come from a political party. And the majority party has decided to put Comrade Thandi there because of her work. And we think she’ll be up to the job.”

Modise’s “no-nonsense” approach could also be seen as a measure to neutralise an Economic Freedom Fighters caucus, which has mushroomed from 25 in the last parliament to 44 in the new one.

Former Johannesburg Mayor and chairperson of Parliament’s ethics committee Amos Masondo will be nominated to take up Modise’s old position, as NCOP chairperson.

Current Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas will be nominated to deputise him.

“Amos Masondo is a seasoned cadre of the movement. Well disciplined. He was very active in parliament. And NCOP is a lot of work. You need discipline. And we need a person like that. With his credentials, he can drive that House.”

Eastern Cape Public Works MEC Pemmy Majodina has been appointed as the ANC’s Chief Whip.

While controversial minister Nomvula Mokonyane will be appointed as Parliament Chair of Chairs.

The position is a relatively powerful one. The Chair of Chairs oversees parliamentary committees whose job is to conduct oversight on the Executive and government departments and institutions.

Mokonyane’s retention on the ANC parliamentary list has raised eyebrows in the run-up to the polls. She has been widely implicated, yet not criminally charged, in alleged corruption and kickbacks involving company Bosasa.

Magashule said: “I’ve pleaded with the media not to judge her [Mokonyane]. Things are in process. And for now, as a collective, this is the decisions that we are taking. And I don’t think the collective can be wrong. There wasn’t a lot of discussion on this matter.”

On other deployments, the ANC said current North West Premier Job Mokgoro will continue in the job.

This announcement will leave the ANC Women’s League disappointed who called for a female Premier to be appointed by the NEC.

Magashule said, for now, that won’t be possible.

“The women’s league understood that the people they were proposing were not on the list and that was creating a problem. There was no way we could deplete the list. Certain names were proposed, but those names were not on the list at the IEC with the party. But we still looking for a name for a woman premier. But for now, the matter is closed. We’re looking to stabilise the province,” he said.

Meanwhile, in the Western Cape, the only province not governed by the ANC, Cameron Dugmore has been appointed leader of the opposition in the Western Cape Legislature.

PW Botha wagged his finger and banned us in 1988 but we stood firm. We built a reputation for fearless journalism, then, and now. Through these last 35 years, the Mail & Guardian has always been on the right side of history.

These days, we are on the trail of the merry band of corporates and politicians robbing South Africa of its own potential.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.

Lester Kiewit
Lester Kiewit
Lester Kiewit is a Reporter, Journalist, and Broadcaster.
Advertisting

South Africa has been junked

Treasury says the credit ratings downgrade “could not have come at a worse time”, as country enters a 21-day Covid-19 lockdown with little money saved up

Mail & Guardian needs your help

Our job is to help give you the information we all need to participate in building this country, while holding those in power to account. But now the power to help us keep doing that is in your hands

Press Releases

The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world

SAB Zenzele special AGM rescheduled to March 25 2020

New voting arrangements are being made to safeguard the health of shareholders

Dimension Data launches Saturday School in PE

The Gauteng Saturday School has produced a number of success stories