Regardless of the result of the upcoming municipal election, National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete says Tshwane Mayoral Candidate Thoko Didiza will be replaced as National Assembly house chairman.
Mbete’s assertion is coming after Didiza’s earlier claims that she will only leave her current job if the ANC wins the Tshwane metro in the August 3 elections.
“We are already interacting with the relevant structures about ensuring that utilizing the appropriate lists and mechanisms for us to source replacements of people that would come into the ANC caucus.
All of that would be effected after the local government elections… It is only the results of the elections that will crisply put out to us that indeed the ANC did get the majority,” Mbete said in Johannesburg.
If ANC Tshwane succeeds‚ Didiza will cease to share the responsibility of keeping order in the ever-uproarious and tumultuous National Assembly.
Violence Trails Thoko Didiza’s Nomination
Last week, Thoko Didiza’s emergence as ANC Tshwane mayoral candidate was greeted with devastating violence in major parts of the metro. The violence saw no fewer than 5 persons killed, buses burned, shops looted and several others injured.
Following the violence, the Agenda to Citizenry Governors lodged a complaint on Friday at the Independent Electoral Commission, urging the electoral body to ban the ANC from contesting election in Tshwane metro.
The critics alleged that the ANC Tshwane violence hindered other parties from campaigning in the metro.
However, IEC spokesman, Kate Bapela said the electoral body is yet to determine the merits of the complaint.
Meanwhile, relative peace and calm has returned to all areas of the City of Tshwane. This was stated on Monday by Government Communication and Information System’s (GCIS).
The organization’s Siphiwe Dlamini‚ said the roles played by national‚ provincial and Local political leadership and law enforcement agencies were critical in restoring peace in metropolitan municipality.