JJ Tabane. (Loanna Hoffman, Beeld, Gallo Images)
- JJ Tabane, Lukhona Mnguni and the NNM questioned the candidacy of Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula for the presidency of the National Assembly.
- Mapisa-Nqakula was excluded from Ramaphosa’s cabinet.
- With a majority of the ANC, Mapisa-Nqakula will likely be elected president.
The future president of the National Assembly (AN), Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, is already causing a sensation, a few hours before she was elected to the highest seat of the National Assembly.
ENCA host Dr Onkgopotse JJ Tabane, political analyst Lukhona Mnguni and the New Nation Movement (NNM) questioned the impending election of Mapisa-Nqakula by serving a lawyer letter to the Acting NA President Lechesa Tsenoli.
The NNM spearheaded the judicial electoral reform processes, which paved the way for the participation of independent candidates in national elections.
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Mabuza’s lawyers, acting on behalf of Tabane, Mnguni and the NNM, said a decision to elect Mapisa-Nqakula was allegedly imposed on ANC caucus members by, among others, the national chairman of the ANC. ANC, Gwede Mantashe.
President Cyril Ramaphosa removed Mapisa-Nqakula from his cabinet earlier this month and announced that it would be “deployed elsewhere”.
âThe President’s actions were widely praised by our clients as they believed that the removal and / or removal of Mapisa-Nqakula from Cabinet was carried out due to her long history of allegations of corruption and poor governance, involving , among others, the misuse of public funds and facilities and nepotism, to name a few.
“The Joint Standing Committee on Defense is currently conducting and / or planning to investigate other allegations made by a whistleblower, implicating Ms. Mapisa-Nqakula in other specific corrupt activities,” the letter said.
In the letter, it is further argued that the individual ANC deputies did not exercise the precepts of their conscience, in that they simply acceded to Mantashe’s instructions.
The letter said:
President Ramaphosa has rightly and wrongly confused his role as President of the Republic and President of the ANC; Ms Mapisa-Nqakula is not a suitable person for the important post of President of the National Assembly and her appointment to this post is obviously irrational.
On Tuesday, ANC Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina called an urgent ANC caucus meeting “to discuss the processes leading to the election of the president”, with Majodina and Mantashe to address the caucus .
News24 understands that Mantashe made it clear that Mapisa-Nqakula is the ANC leadership’s preferred candidate to become the next president.
Tabane, Mnguni and the NNM called for reasonable measures to prevent the ballot from being held, “which, due to the distribution of membership, will most likely result in the election of Mapisa-Nqakula as president”.
âIn the event that the ballot is nevertheless held, which should not happen, a secret ballot be held; and if the above requirements are not met, to provide us with the reasons. the court to obtain an appropriate remedy, âthe letter read.
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Parliament spokesman Moloto Mothapo told News24 the institution had not received the letter and confirmed in a statement that “the stage is set” for Thursday’s sitting.
Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has appointed Western Cape Presiding Judge John Hlophe to preside over the session.
If there is more than one candidacy, Hlophe will request that the voting process take place by secret ballot.
The AD plans to present a candidate for the post.
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