MPs elect Mapisa-Nqakula as National Assembly Speaker

MPs elect Mapisa-Nqakula as National Assembly Speaker

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is the new Speaker of the National Assembly in Parliament.

MPs elect Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as National Assembly Speaker

Her election was necessitated by the resignation of Thandi Modise almost two weeks ago after she was called to serve as Defence Minister under President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration. 

The African National Congress (ANC) threw its weight behind Mapisa-Nqakula while the Democratic Alliance (DA) fielded Annelie Lotriet as its preferred candidate.  

Proceedings got underway at the National Assembly chambers on Thursday morning, stretching over several hours. 

Western Cape Judge President, Justice John Hlophe presided over the sitting. 

Mapisa-Nqakula won the campaign by 199 votes. 

This is despite contestation by some parties who raised concerns over the former Defence Minister’s track record. 

She was up against DA parliamentary caucus chair Annelie Lotriet, who secured 82 votes.  There were 17 spoilt ballots. 

Votes were cast by secret ballot.

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"In terms of item six of part a schedule three to the Constitution, I accordingly declare Honourable Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula duly elected as the Speaker of the National Assembly," says Hlophe. 

Cheers broke out from the ANC benches after the results were certified and read out. 

During her maiden address as Speaker Mapisa-Nqakula said her election placed confidence among women leaders in the country.

"It is also my desire to better collaboration between parties especially in advancing issues affecting the national interest of our country. 

"I think South Africa should also celebrate the fact that for the fifth time since the dawn of our democracy a woman is elected Speaker. That on it's own makes an important statement about our commitment to the struggle for the advancement of women especially during this Women's Month." 

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were visibly absent from proceedings. 

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