3 Facts about South Africa's new parliamentary speaker, Thandi Modise

3 Facts about South Africa's new parliamentary speaker, Thandi Modise

- Thandi Modise has been nominated as the next National Assembly Speaker

- Modise has a long history in Parliament

- However, she currently faces charges of animal cruelty

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Thandi Modise, who served as chairperson of the NCOP during the fifth parliament, is set to replace Baleka Mbete as speaker of the National Assembly.

Modise was nominated to the position on Monday during a meeting of the ANC NEC.

Here are some facts about the next National Assembly Speaker.

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Prior to taking over as chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Modise chaired the portfolio committee on defence as well as the joint standing commitee on defence. 

However, despite her parliamentary experienced, Modise is not without her own scandals and checkered history. For example, NSPCA received a warrant to inspect a farm owned by Modise in 2014.

There, they discovered severe maltreatment of animals, according to Sowetan Live, including 79 dead animals. Consequently, AfriForum is taking Modise to court on charges of animal cruelty. She is set to appear in court in June.

As a result of Modise's past, social media responded with a mixed reaction to news of her appointment as National Assembly Speaker. 

Roman Cabanac of the ZACP tweeted, "Hopefully she is better at that than managing a pig farm."

The DA's Phumzile van Damme also called Modise's appointment "not a good idea".

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Additionally, one account, called Bubhezi, suggested that Modise's appointment showed the ANC's unwillingness "to hold the executive to account", Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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