- The Speaker of the National Assembly said she was unsure of what her career had in store after the elections
- She also expressed confidence in her track record as Speaker
- During her tenure, however, she came under significant criticism, especially from opposition parties
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Baleke Mbete has said that she is anxious about what her future holds.
She made the comment while speaking at a press briefing. Mbete said her career hinged on whether the ANC selected her for its election list for a parliamentary position, according to EWN.
Mbete is currently finishing her term as the Speaker of the National Assembly, Briefly.co.za learned.
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Mbete went on to share her thoughts on the Speaker position, saying it entailed more than just reciting the parliament rules and chairing meetings.
She said that it involved presiding over the structures that ensure Parliament runs smoothly.
During her tenure as Speaker, however, Mbete came under significant fire, especially from opposition parties.
She was accused of being biased and asked to recuse herself on several occasions. The DA also claimed that she abused her position in order to intimidate the ANC's opponents.
Mbete was also slammed by the courts more than once. In 2017, the Constitutional Court ruled that she had to make a "rational" decision whether or not to hold a vote of no confidence in then-president Jacob Zuma by secret ballot.
Similarly, the court found that parliament had not held Zuma adequately to account, which further resulted in calls for Mbete's removal as Speaker.
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At the press conference, Mbete added that she was unsure of what her new role in Parliament might be - if any. She suggested that she may have to begin again from scratch as a back-bencher.
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