ANC axes Mathole Motshekga, Eastern Cape man takes his place

2013-06-20 13:05

The ANC has fired its chief whip, Mathole Motshekga, and replaced him with Stone Sizani, chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on rural development and former ANC chairperson in the Eastern Cape.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe made the announcement in a hastily convened press conference following the party’s caucus meeting earlier today.

Sizani was elected to the ANC’s national executive committee at the party’s conference in Mangaung last year, while Motshekga failed to get enough votes to make the 80-member structure.

As Eastern Cape ANC chairperson, Sizani led the province’s failed charge to have former president Thabo Mbeki re-elected at the party’s 2007 conference, which was won by Zuma.

Sizani has since showed loyalty to the party’s newly elected 2007 leaders after many of his fellow Mbeki supporters defected to Cope, and was deployed to Parliament in 2009 for this efforts.

Motshekga is set to remain an MP.

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