REPORT: Former ANC spokesperson becomes new Chief Whip


The African National Congress (ANC) has reportedly confirmed that its former spokesperson, Jackson Mthembu, will replace Stone Sizani as the party’s new Chief Whip.

According to reports, ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe made the announcement on Tuesday morning, ending weeks of speculation after Sizani revealed on March 2nd that he had been re-deployed to the position of ambassador to Berlin.

His departure was however described as having been planned with party insiders suggesting it to be as result of his failure to protect President Jacob Zuma from accusations by opposition parties in Parliament, during last month’s State of the Nation Address and the Democratic Alliance’s motion of no confidence vote earlier this month.

In a subsequent interview with the Mail and Guardian, Sizani stated that the ruling party never doubted the findings of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Secure in Comfort report, and that certain members also rejected the report of Police Minister Nathi Nhleko.

“When we tabled a report to Parliament and it is public property, everybody knows that is our position. Why would anybody go against that? Why”, Sizani told the paper.

“There was no two ways about this. If you disagreed with the public protector, you needed to take her report for a review”.

He also rejected claims by opposition parties that Zuma’s accepting of Madonsela’s report following last month’s sitting in the Constitutional Court, had been a contributing in his resignation from Parliament.


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