No matter how you feel and/or look at Stone Sizani’s resignation and subsequent diplomatic posting, the fact remains that the ruling party has its best reasons for just waking up and suddenly announcing the removal of one of its parliamentary backbones.
Following the incident, insinuations and diverse reasons have piled up around town but the man in question says he “is very happy” with his recent ambassadorial post.
Former African National Congress (ANC) chief whip now ambassador Germany Stone Sizane has however expressed overwhelming happiness and delight about the opportunity given to him to represent South Africa in Germany.
The University of East Anglia alumnus revealed to reporters that he was tipped-off by ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe last Thursday about his redeployment to Germany.
And that his perceived ‘fishy’ deployment was made public by the ruling party at a caucus emergency meeting in order to cushion anticipated tittle-tattle from opposition groups.
Nevertheless, Sizani felt honoured that ANC identified and believed in him. “I feel very happy about it and the confidence shown in me is very welcome,” he said and added that he is ever willing to take up the new diplomatic post.
Giving a clue about his new assignment and its rudiments, Sizani said “I’m going to Pretoria for 10 weeks of training. They have indicated that I will replace comrade [Makhenkesi] Stofile as ambassador to Germany.”
The former ANC strong man indicated that his resignation has no trace of incompetency as speculated by rivals. He maintained that he actually tendered his resignation letter.
Meanwhile, The African National Congress has refuted claims that there might be lesser known facts behind Chief Whip Stone Sizani’s redeployment than has been admitted.
Addressing the issue, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said that the party is not answerable to anyone for deploying its members to anywhere it wishes. As such, it had exercised its rights to deploy members to other positions.
“We reject with the contempt they deserve, any opportunistic speculation that seeks to suggest nefarious reasons behind Comrade Stone Sizani’s redeployment,” Kodwa said.
The party wished Sizani well in his new role in Europe and expressed gratitude to Sizane for his meritorious and excellent service to the party, parliament and country at large.
Kodwa expressed hope that Sizani will deliver.
“The ANC is confident that Comrade Stone will discharge his new responsibility with the same tenacity and determination he has consistently displayed as a loyal and dedicated member of the ANC,” he said.
The Congress of the People (COPE) claimed Sizani resigned because he was under “heavy pressure” to defend things he did not agree with, which included Nkandla, and so he became unpopular.
While, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen opined that Sizani’s resignation was a clear indication of schisms within the ANC caucus.