Motshekga out of ANC committee

2013-01-19 00:00

BASIC Education Minister Angie Motshekga has failed to make it back on to the ANC’s key national working committee (NWC), along with another senior women’s league official.

Motshekga, who is the ANC Women’s League president, and league secretary-general Sisisi Tolashe were not re-elected to the 26-member NWC.

The snub comes in the face of the significant role the league played in securing Jacob Zuma’s second term as party president in Mangaung and amid Motshekga’s education woes.

The 80-member national executive committee yesterday held elections for the 20 members who will serve on the NWC with the party’s top six officials.

Also shown the door were outspoken ANC veteran Pallo Jordan, former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni, National Assembly speaker Max Sisulu and Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim.

The new-look NWC consists mainly of government ministers who backed Zuma’s campaign to serve a second term.

Among the newcomers are Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Science Minister Derek Hanekom, Eastern Cape Legislature speaker Fikile Xasa and Free State ANC Women’s League chairperson Sisi Mabe.

The ruling party’s rising stars, Zuma’s adviser on international affairs, Lindiwe Zulu, and Public Enterprise Minister Malusi Gigaba, found themsleves on the committee for the first time, while Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa was re-elected.

Among the NEC members who retained their positions are Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, ANC national spokesperson Jackson Mthembu and Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

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