Newly sworn-in African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has officially been assigned duties in Parliament.
The National Assembly confirmed that the ruling party has officially notified it that the former Cabinet minister has been appointed as a member of the Small Business Development committee.
In addition, the ANC deployed the former AU chairperson as an alternate member of the portfolio committee on Arts and Culture. Her job in this committee is to sit in when other members are absent or on leave.
Following her appointment to the two parliamentary portfolio committees, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will now work under Arts and Culture Minister, Mr. Nkosinathi Emmanuel “Nathi” Mthethwa and her fellow presidential contender, Lindiwe Sisulu.
The former AU chairperson was officially sworn-in as ANC MP in Parliament in September after a five-year absence, stirring up fresh speculations of a possible cabinet reshuffle.
But she denied knowing anything about a possible cabinet reshuffle when she was accosted by journalists on the day of her swearing-in. She, instead, expressed gratitude to the ruling party for choosing her, adding that she doesn’t mind serving in any Parliamentary committee.
Dlamini-Zuma replaced former ANC youth league official Pule Mabe, who resigned from Parliament at the beginning of September. She had previously served in the health and home affairs portfolios.
Mabe reportedly resigned from Parliament to pursue “other interests”. His departure brought an end to his short and not-so-illustrious three-year career as a backbencher.
Notably, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was sworn in alongside former mayor of Rustenburg, Matthew Wolmarans, who replaced Brian Molefe as a representative from the North West, following the former Eskom CEO’s resignation in May.
Wolmarans was ultimately acquitted of the 2009 murder of whistleblower and councilor Moss Phako after serving one year of a 20-year jail term. He was convicted in July 2012.
In a related report, the African National Congress (ANC) has also officially notified Parliament that Makhosi Khoza has been discharged from her duties on the committee of Economic Development.
Khoza, who’s one of the ANC’s MPs criticised by some of her comrades for speaking out against the party’s president Jacob Zuma resigned in September after making up her mind that the ANC cannot self-correct itself.
Prior to her resignation, ANC MPs had boycotted the portfolio committee on public service and administration, objecting to her leadership.
Khoza is currently searching for a new political home. But she has no plans of joining the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) but might likely form a new political party, if things go the other way round.