The ANC have confirmed that Nomvula Mokonyane will not return to Parliament for their sixth term in government. It comes at the request of the outgoing minister, who has said she needs to “prioritise family responsibilities” going forward. She tragically lost her late husband earlier in 2019.
BREAKING : Nomvula Mokonyane won’t take her position as chair of chairs in parliament. So she won’t be part of the 6th parliament. ANC says she has mentioned “family responsibilities” as reason. #Parliament #ANC pic.twitter.com/YC6SaAk8Ja
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) May 22, 2019
The party earlier confirmed that Nomvula Mokonyane would no longer assume her newly-appointed “chair of chairs” position, completing a whirlwind week for the politician.
Nomvula Mokonyane “won’t return to Parliament”
The Parliament Chair of Chairpersons is meant to implement policies, directives and guidelines with regards to scheduling and coordination of committee meetings. This also includes general management of all National Assembly committees and subcommittees.
Mokonyane was pencilled in to oversee several committee programs and ensure that concerns from the public are attended to. But, just 48 hours after she was officially unveiled, her future in government has evaporated.
It is understood that Nomvula Mokonyane voluntarily withdrew her name from the list of MPs heading to Parliament.
David Mabuza also won’t be sworn-in
After being given a role to govern the behaviour of other ANC bigwigs, it seems there’s been a change of heart somewhere down the line. The news came just hours after we learned that David Mabuza will also skip the swearing-in ceremony, meaning that he won’t officially assume the deputy presidency.
Mabuza has been called out for “bringing the ANC into disrepute” by the party’s Integrity Commission, and he has decided to push Parliamentary business to one side in a bid to clear his name. Whether he will be successful – or even return to office – remains to be seen.
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A brief history of Nomvula Mokonyane
Mokonyane is leaving behind an underwhelming legacy as a Parliamentarian. She’s been blamed for running the Water and Sanitation ministry into the ground and most recently, she was accused of receiving multiple bribes from the corrupt security services company Bosasa.
Former executive Angelo Agrizzi accused “Mama Action” of accepting R300 000 in illicit payments, as well as having Bosasa officials cover her massive grocery bills. Her time in Parliament looks set to end under a cloud.