The ANC has waited until today to drop some bombshell announcements on Mzansi, with key politicians either opting not to serve in Parliament completely or postponing taking their oaths until they get a green light from the party. With South Africa buzzing with excitement, one can't help but wonder if Ramaphosa's 'New Dawn' has finally broken.
A few of the most controversial names on the ANC's parliamentary list were casually crossed off today.
Malusi Gigaba, the former minister who quietly stepped down after lying under oath, was expected to make a re-appearance on the ANC's benches. However, he has opted to busy himself with 'party work' instead and withdrew from the list.
Nomvula Mokonyane, who had recently been in the spotlight after being accused of accepting bribes from the infamous Bosas, has also opted out of serving in Parliament, citing family responsibilities.
And, in perhaps one of the most controversial moves from the ruling party, David Mabuza himself has postponed taking his oath in favour of clearing his name before the ANC Integrity Commission.
With other ANC members, who were red-flagged by the Commission, set to answer for their respective misdemeanors next week, there is an air of efficiency and accountability hanging in the air as Parliament kicks off for the first time in the 6th Administration.
Nevertheless, there is still a mountain of work before South Africa can claim to have recovered from those '9 wasted years'.
However, the easiest way to eat an elephant is bit by bit and it seems as if Ramaphosa has managed to crack the whip with enough force to put his party back on the right track.
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