NDZ de­ployed to small busi­ness de­vel­op­ment panel

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CAPE TOWN — ANC pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and MP Nkosazana DlaminiZuma has been de­ployed to the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on small busi­ness de­vel­op­ment.

A tabling in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day re­vealed she would sit on the port­fo­lio chaired by ANC MP Noz­abelo Bhengu, and where Lindiwe Zulu is min­is­ter.

She has also been de­ployed as an al­ter­nate MP in the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on arts and cul­ture, to sit in when other mem­bers are ab­sent or on leave.

Dlamini­Zuma was sworn in as an MP on Septem­ber 21, with many spec­u­lat­ing it could lead to another cab­i­net reshuf­fle where the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date would be given a port­fo­lio.

She took up one of five ANC va­can­cies in Par­lia­ment.

She re­placed for­mer ANCYL of­fi­cial Pule Mabe, who re­signed from Par­lia­ment at the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber.

On the day of her swear­ing in, Dlami­ ni­Zuma was met by many jour­nal­ists in the cor­ri­dors out­side the deputy speaker’s of­fice.

“It is go­ing to be a lot of work, but I’m happy,” she said at the time.

The MP also said she did not mind which com­mit­tee she would be de­ployed to, and didn’t know any­thing about a cab­i­net reshuf­fle.

DA chief whip John Steen­huisen de­scribed her swear­ing­in as the be­gin­ning of a purge of those who turned against Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma in the Au­gust 8 vote of no con­fi­dence.

Dlamini­Zuma, though, said as far as she knew, she was only com­ing in to be a new mem­ber of Par­lia­ment.

Dr Makhosi Khoza has also been of­fi­cially dis­charged from her port­fo­lio com­mit­tees — that of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and pub­lic ser­vice and ad­min­is­tra­tion — af­ter quit­ting the party on the same day as Dlamini­Zuma’s swear­ing­in.

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