The office of the ANC Chief Whip confirmed on Friday that former AU chairperson and ANC presidential hopeful, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will be sworn in as a Member of Parliament (MP) next week.
Dlamini-Zuma’s deployment to Parliament was also confirmed by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, while he was delivering a memorial lecture on former ANC president Oliver Tambo in KwaThema‚ Ekurhuleni‚ on Friday afternoon.
Mantashe also disclosed that the decision to send the former AU chairperson to Parliament was taken by the ruling party before her tenure at AU ended, adding that her deployment is for the benefit of the party and the people.
“She is going to be sworn in as an MP. You must remember she was in the top 20. On her return, we could not put her in immediately because we can only change our lists in September,” he said.
Asked if the government plans to deploy Dlamini-Zuma in the government, the ANC top-six member answered: “We send people to Parliament, Parliament appoints chairpersons of portfolio committees and the president appoints a cabinet.”
Meanwhile, ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu said the former AU chairperson, whose term officially ended in March would replace former ANC MP Pule Mabe.
According to reports, Mabe resigned from Parliament last week to pursue “other interests”. His departure brought an end to his short and not-so-illustrious three-year career as a backbencher.
“We’ve written to the speaker’s office and we are waiting for the speaker’s office to inform us of the date of the swearing in.
“We’ve received notification from the office of the ANC secretary general [Gwede Mantashe] that she would be replacing comrade Pule Mabe,” said Mthembu’s spokesperson Nonceba Mhlauli.
BuzzSouthAfrica also gathered that the former mayor of Rustenburg, Matthew Wolmarans, will also be sworn as ANC MP.
He replaces 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.
The decision to shoot Dlamini-Zuma to Parliament comes at a time when the contest for the ANC top post is heating up. And while Cabinet reshuffles are a presidential prerogative, the development has fueled speculation that another Cabinet reshuffle is on the cards.
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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has previously served in the health and home affairs portfolios.