Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

South African deputy president David Mabuza’s reappointment in doubt

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Patty Aguilar | 23 May, 2019, 10:42

Mabuza played a key role in ensuring Ramaphosa was elected in a tight contest to take over from Zuma as party leader, which led to Ramaphosa replacing Zuma as president in February 2018.

South African legislators elected Cyril Ramaphosa president on Wednesday and he promised to create jobs and work for the interests of all citizens, not just members of the majority African National Congress (ANC).

The outcome of the secret ballot was 250 votes in favour of Modise, meaning the ANC had help in voting her into power.

Mabuza's announcement could have an implication on the composition of Ramaphosa's cabinet, expected to be announced soon after his inauguration, which is scheduled for Saturday.

Ramaphosa, 66, is a trade unionist who played a prominent part in the struggle against white minority rule before becoming a successful business after the end of apartheid.

Deputy president David Mabuza has delayed his swearing-in as Member of Parliament on Wednesday.

His name has repeatedly come up in media reports for corruption and political killings, when he was premier of the eastern Mpumalanga province before becoming vice president a year ago.

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The ANC says in a statement that Mabuza asked for a postponement which the party granted.

"The deputy president has indicated he would like to have an opportunity to address the Integrity Commission on these allegations", Ramaphosa said.

He became the ANC's vice president in December 2017 when Ramaphosa was elected party leader.

"Added to this, is the recommendation of the integrity commission", Buccus said.

The ANC also announced that Environment Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, who was to take up a senior position in parliament, withdrew her candidacy as a lawmaker due to family commitments.

Baleka Mbete and Malusi Gigaba have also declined to be sworn in as MPs.

"It is completely bizarre.and telling the divisions that exist within the governing party are continuing to exist and we are seeing manifestations of the various factions now playing out", said Steenhuisen.

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