ANC throws weight behind Mapisa-Nqakula as National Assembly Speaker

ANC throws weight behind Mapisa-Nqakula as National Assembly Speaker

Former Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has been tipped by the ANC as the next Speaker of the National Assembly.

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

She was nominated in a special caucus meeting on Tuesday.

Mapisa-Nqakula’s nomination follows last week’s cabinet reshuffle by President Cyril Ramaphosa, during which he axed her as defence minister and promoted then National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise.

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During the announcement, Ramaphosa indicated that Mapisa-Nqakula would be deployed to a new position.

Caucus spokesperson Nomfanelo Kota says the ANC believes she will bring a wealth of experience to her new position.

“Caucus welcomes her nomination and candidature as speaker-elect, especially in the year of Charlotte Maxeke as well as the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings.

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“The ANC parliamentary caucus is gearing itself for the beginning of the third term, which starts on the 16th August 2021 following the constituency period that saw MPs interacting with communities on their focus areas looks forward to a vibrant and robust period.”

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