Inkatha Freedom Party MP Mkhuleko Hlengwa has been chosen by the ANC to chair the standing committee on public accounts. The ruling party has continued a long-standing tradition of offering the position to a member of an opposition party.
Mkhuleko Hlengwa is set to chair Parliament's public accounts watchdog, the IFP has announced.
The chairmanship traditionally goes to an opposition party, this time Hlengwa has emerged as the chosen candidate, according to a statement released by the party:
“We believe that the offering of this post to the IFP is as a result of our very firm stance and tough position on corruption in holding the executive and all government departments to account. The IFP is confident that Honourable Hlengwa will fulfil this role with integrity and diligence.”
At 32 years old, Hlengwa is one of the youngest Members of Parliament, having served in legislature since 2014. He had previously served on the standing committee and is known for his tough stance when it comes to corruption, reports The Citizen.
Ace Magashule had commented earlier in the week that the ANC would be continuing the tradition of appointing an opposition party member:
“This is aimed at removing any possibility for bias, either perceived or real, by the committee chairperson when presiding over matters involving members of the executive."
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