- EFF leader Julius Malema will be sworn as a member of the Pan African Parliament later on Monday
- NCOP chairperson Thandi Modise‚ Thoko Didiza‚ Mandlesizwe Zwelivelile Mandela and Santosh Vinita Kalyan are the other four.
- Each person will serve a term of two years in the 255 seat Pan African Parliament assembly
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is among five South African Members of Parliament (MPs) who will be sworn in as Pan African Parliament (PAP) members later on Monday.
Malema will be joined by National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson Thandi Modise‚ Thoko Didiza‚ Mandlesizwe Zwelivelile Mandela and Santosh Vinita Kalyan.
They are replacing Hunadi Mateme‚ Thandi Memela‚ Charles Nqakula and Floyd Shivambu while Kalyan will serve another two-year term.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the five MP’s were nominated to represent South Africa at the PAP by the NCOP and the National Assembly in October last year.
The PAP has 255 members who represent 55 African Union (AU) member countries. In terms of the treaty which established the African Economic Community, each member country is represented by five members.
The treaty also states that of the five members from each country at least one of those should be a woman and should reflect the diversity of political representation in the national parliament of origin.
The theme for the upcoming session which runs from 7 May to 18 May is: “Winning the fight against corruption: A sustainable path to Africa’s transformation”.
The session is expected to discuss, recommend and take resolutions on matters such as the Europe-Africa Forum on the challenges and opportunities of migration flows. The AU report on the year of combating corruption, the report on albinism in Africa and the report on repealing defamation laws which is aimed at ensuring greater media freedom across the continent.
The sixth ordinary session of the PAP is scheduled to start in Midrand on Monday.
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