Ex-minister Malusi Gigaba as well as the former speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, have withdrawn their names from the ANC MP list. The pair have declined their seats after the ANC caucus meeting which took place yesterday.
The ANC Caucus meeting has resulted in former minister Malusi Gigaba and former speaker Baleka Mbete opting out of returning to Parliament.
In the past, Mbete had been heavily criticised by opposition parties for failing to take on ex-president Jacob Zuma.
Gigaba, on the other hand, was found to have lied under oath and violated the executive ethics code, reports The Citizen.
The ANC released a statement confirming that Mbete will be replace by Thandi Modise, the former Speaker for the National Council of Provinces, reports the eNCA.
South Africa's Members of Parliament are scheduled to be sworn in today, with President Cyril Ramaphosa's inauguration taking place this weekend.
ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule commented on the matter after the meeting, saying that:
“We unanimously adopted this list as the NEC, no issues, and Thandi Modise will be the Speaker of the National Assembly and we will still continue to bring deputy Speaker Lechesa [Tsenoli] as the deputy Speaker of Parliament and further continue with Seiso Mohai as chair of the ANC caucus”
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the ANC candidates list had caused controversy with the inclusion of Gigaba and Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, who had both lied under oath, among other scandals.
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