- The nominees for the influential positions of parliamentary portfolio committees have been announced
- They include several Zuma loyalists and figures linked to corruption
- The nominees have been viewed by some as representing Ace Magashule flexing his political muscle
The list of nominees for leaders of parliamentary portfolio committees has been unveiled.
The list features several controversial names and includes several Zuma loyalists.
Some experts have suggested that the nominees selection makes for a comeback by the ANC's pro-Zuma faction, largely led by the party's secretary-general, Ace Magashule.
The nominees include former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, as well as former ministers Mosebenzi Zwane and Faith Muthambi. These are Zuma loyalists who had found themselves left out of Cyril Ramaphosa's new Cabinet.
The nominees include some figures linked to corruption, which ostensibly undermines Ramaphosa's talk of a so-called "New Dawn" within both the ANC and government.
According to The Citizen, at least one political analyst has said that this indicates that Magashule still wields considerable influence within the ANC. This is also backed up by the timing of the nominees' announcement, coming just one day ahead of Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address.
However, the list of nominees has not been received warmly by some of the ANC's alliance partners. Cosatu, for example, has expressed dissatisfaction with the nomination of several tainted individuals, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
A member of the labour federation complained that some of these individuals did not "reflect the highest levels of integrity".
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