- Nomvula Mokonyane has withdrawn her name from the ANC's MP list
- This follows a backlash to her selection as chair of chairs
- Mokonyane has also been implicated in state capture
Nomvula Mokonyane has reportedly declined to take up a seat in Parliament, just hours before the new crop of MPs is set to be sworn in.
Mokonyane was going to be appointed chair of chairs.
While the ANC has not officially confirmed this, insiders claim that Mokonyane will be withdrawing her name from the ANC's election list.
Mokonyane's selection as chair of chairs - a position which would give her oversight over all committees - was met with a significant backlash.
This was largely due to the corruption allegations Mokonyane faced. Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi had implicated her in state capture during his Zondo Commission testimony.
Pule Mabe, the ANC's spokesperson, said he was still verifying the information regarding Mokonyane's decision and could not provide an official statement yet. However, sources have assured Times Live that Mokonyane will not be returning to Parliament.
The first hint that this might be the case was the fact that Mokonyane did not attend the ANC's first caucus on Tuesday, nor did she appear for the registration of MPs, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
If Mokonyane does not return to Parliament, this is likely to give renewed optimism to those hoping for Cyril Ramaphosa's so-called 'New Dawn'.
Likewise, the postponement of current Deputy-President David Mabuza's swearing-in as an MP is sure to do the same, as Mabuza has also been linked to extensive corruption.
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