The Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed its disapproval of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s swearing-in as an African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP).
DA’s Shadow Minister of Finance David Maynier, said Molefe’s swearing-in was a disgrace and is a major escalation in the civil war within the ANC and the battle for control of National Treasury, being driven by President Jacob Zuma
“We cannot be sure but it will presumably not be long before Brain Molefe is appointed to the finance committee to serve time before being appointed as the deputy-minister of finance with a view to controlling the R1.8 trillion managed by the Public Investment Corporation,” said Maynier.
Maynier also said they fear the predicament which will follow in South Africa if Molefe gets a position in the finance family.
This follows after speculations that ANC MP Makhosi Khoza was redeployed from the Finance Committee to make way for Molefe.
“The fact is that appointing Brian Molefe to any position in the ‘finance family’ presents a clear-and-present danger to the institutional independence of National Treasury and will be bad for South Africa,” he said.
“The Guptas will be delighted because, if the State of Capture report is anything to go by, and Brian Molefe is eventually appointed to a position in the ‘finance family’, they will finally have National Treasury, the Public Investment Corporation and South African Airways on ‘speed dial’,” Maynier added.
Molefe was on Thursday morning in the Speakers office, sworn in as an ANC Member of Parliament
Molefe was said to be nominated by the ANC in North West, however it has been controversial as branch leaders in Hartbeespoort have questioned whether he is a member or not.
The official announcement is expected to be made when the National Assembly sits on Thursday afternoon.
The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has requested national delegates to ensure that the Party’s National Police and Elective Conference in December doesn’t result in a splinter organisation.
ANC KZN Chairperson Sihle Zikalala said the party has to forge unity as he recalled the birth of the Congress of the People(COPE) in 2007 and the Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF) in 2012
“There have been challenges of unity and cohesion of the movement which led to the formation of COPE and later the EFF, both of these organisations were formed and established by former ANC leaders and the ANC Youth League Leaders,” said Zikalala.
The Party on Sunday met with its branches and leaders in Durban, to prepare its members for the year end conference.
Zikalala then warned those who will be representing the party during the conference not to go there just to vote for their preferred candidate.
He also said the province will take a zero tolerance approach to members being used by individuals seeking to advance their careers.
“Those who will attend as delegates will need to pay serious attention to issues of the ANC as a liberation movement and the future of the people of South Africa than being narrow and focus on individual agendas,” said Zikalala.
United Democratic Movement (UDM)’s Nqabayomzi Kwankwa displayed exceptional leadership skills during the State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Kwankwa on Thursday made way to people’s hearts by standing up to the two speakers of the National Assembly and National Council of provinces (NCOP).
Kwankwa questioned the type of leadership which was displayed in Parliament saying their political differences shouldn’t affect the proceedings of the house.
He went on to question the manner in which Congress of the People (COPE)’s Willie Madisha was chased out of the chamber.
Madisha was chased out of the chamber for speaking without being recognised by the speaker.
“We need to be treated fairly here, you were extremely harsh on honourable Madisha, there are members of Parliament who stood up fifty times and he said something once or twice and was told to leave the house,” said Kwankwa.
Following this great display of leadership, Kwankwa stole the hearts of Parliament fans and became their crush, threatening to take Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi’s title of being the “People’s Bae”.