ANC en­sures Nkosazana tops its list

CityPress - - News - ANDISIWE MAKINANA andisiwe.makinana@city­press.co.za

The ANC’s na­tional can­di­dates’ list was reshuf­fled at the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC) this week, forc­ing six po­ten­tial ANC MPs to take their places be­hind pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. This is to en­sure that she will be con­sid­ered first in the event of a va­cancy in Par­lia­ment.

The for­mer chair­per­son of the African Union (AU) Com­mis­sion has been un­em­ployed since leav­ing her post at the end of Jan­uary. She was bumped up to the top spot on the ANC’s na­tional list ear­lier this month as part of the reshuf­fle, which came into ef­fect on Septem­ber 7.

On the ANC’s na­tional list, sub­mit­ted to the IEC ahead of the May 2014 gen­eral elec­tions, Dlamini-Zuma was can­di­date num­ber 150.

Those elec­tions were held while Dlamini-Zuma was serv­ing her ten­ure at the AU head­quar­ters in Ad­dis Ababa. Only 117 ANC MPs from that list were sworn in as mem­bers of the Na­tional Assem­bly in May 2014.

The Elec­toral Act makes pro­vi­sion for po­lit­i­cal par­ties to re­view and amend their can­di­dates’ lists, but this can only hap­pen a year af­ter the day of the elec­tions and once in an­nual ses­sions af­ter that.

Dur­ing its first op­por­tu­nity to amend the lists in Septem­ber 2015, the ANC amended only the Free State re­gional list and qui­etly brought in Mosebenzi Zwane from that prov­ince’s leg­is­la­ture to the Na­tional Assem­bly. Three weeks later, in a shock move, he was ap­pointed the min­eral re­sources min­is­ter.

A year later, the party re­jigged its lists again by bring­ing in, among oth­ers, Mondli Gun­gubele, the for­mer mayor of Ekurhu­leni who lost his may­oral chair to Mzwandile Masina af­ter last year’s lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions.

Dur­ing the Septem­ber 2016 list re­view, Dlamini-Zuma be­came num­ber 16 on the na­tional list.

The ANC’s re­viewed lists of can­di­dates ap­pears in the lat­est Govern­ment Gazette, pub­lished on Septem­ber 13.

Dlamini-Zuma has skipped ahead of six ANC MPs, who oc­cu­pied places above her on both the 2014 and 2016 lists. Among the six MPs is Nel­son Man­dela Bay coun­cil­lor Andile Lungisa, who has no qualms about be­ing over­looked.

“I don’t have an is­sue with the list of the ANC,” he said. “The lists are man­aged by the ANC lead­er­ship. I re­spond to what­ever di­rec­tion the move­ment is send­ing me. I take the com­mand from the ANC com­man­ders.”

For a can­di­date to be de­ployed to Par­lia­ment, an MP must re­sign to make way for the re­de­ployed per­son. And, for the per­son to be re­de­ployed, they must be next in line on the lists sub­mit­ted to the IEC ahead of elec­tions.

“The party has the pre­rog­a­tive to change or re­view its lists in the man­ner it wants to,” ex­plained Ma­si­bulele Xaso, sec­re­tary to the Na­tional Assem­bly.

The ANC has also gazetted North West’s re­gional list, on which for­mer Rusten­burg mayor Matthew Wol­marans, whose mur­der con­vic­tion was over­turned in 2014, is the next can­di­date in line from that prov­ince.

He is ex­pected to be sworn in, along­side Dlamini-Zuma, and fill the va­cancy left by for­mer Eskom chief ex­ec­u­tive Brian Molefe, who had a short stint in Par­lia­ment this year.

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s spec­u­lated Cab­i­net reshuf­fle may be on hold as Par­lia­ment went on re­cess this week with­out Dlamini-Zuma be­ing sworn in as an MP. Par­lia­men­tary work will re­sume early next month. While there is noth­ing stop­ping Dlamini-Zuma from be­ing sworn in dur­ing the re­cess, City Press has learnt that this is not com­mon prac­tice. The swear­ing-in of MPs may take place in the House or in the of­fice of Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Baleka Mbete or that of her deputy.

News of Dlamini-Zuma’s de­ploy­ment to Par­lia­ment has fu­elled spec­u­la­tion that Zuma would ap­point her into his ex­ec­u­tive be­cause of her se­nior­ity in the party. But she has to be an MP be­fore she can be ap­pointed to Cab­i­net.

Par­lia­men­tary spokesper­son Moloto Mothapo said a date had not yet been set for the lat­est swear­ing-in cer­e­mony. He added that Mbete would – at her ear­li­est con­ve­nience and af­ter tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the avail­abil­ity of the nom­i­nees – de­ter­mine the date.

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