New MPLs ready to serve

2015-11-04 12:38
CONGRATULATING the newly-elected members are from the left Zamani Saul (ANC provincial secretary), Pauline Williams, Gift van Staden and Juanita Beukes (deputy speaker of the legislature) after Williams and Van Staden were sworn in.                Ph

CONGRATULATING the newly-elected members are from the left Zamani Saul (ANC provincial secretary), Pauline Williams, Gift van Staden and Juanita Beukes (deputy speaker of the legislature) after Williams and Van Staden were sworn in. Ph

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FULFILLING whatever mandate they are given by the ANC, was the song that the two new members of the provincial legislature (MPLs), Pauline Williams and Gift van Staden, sang in unison after they had been sworn in on Tuesday, 27 October.

The pair filled the vacancies created as a result of the passing of Griezelda Cjiekella-Lecholo and the resignation of John Fikile Block.

Both of them basically expected the possibilities of being called in as MPLs due to them being on the national executive council list.

They were sworn in by the deputy speaker of the legislature, Juanita Beukes, completing the number of 20 ANC seats (out of 30) in the Northern Cape provincial legislature as per the outcome of the 2014 general elections.

The new MPLs have not been assigned portfolios yet.

It is the prerogative of Premier Sylvia Lucas and the ANC to fill the vacancies of the member of the executive councils’ (MEC) posts.

Pauline Williams is a former MPL, as well as an MEC.

Williams has served in various positions in the ANC as branch secretary and regional deputy secretary in Namakwa.

In the ANCWL she served as regional secretary in Namakwa, deputy chairperson as well as provincial chairperson, provincial deputy secretary as well as the national executive council member.

According to Zamani Saul, the provincial ANC secretary, the ANC in the province has no doubt that these two members will take forward the mandate that was given to them by the people of the Northern Cape.

They were both seasoned cadres of the movement who have moved up the ranks and have displayed their leadership qualities. Gift van Staden served as the district mayor of the ZF Mgcawu Municipality after his first involvement in the movement in the late 1980s as the chairperson of the civic movement in the Prieska sub-region.

In the early 1990s he was part of relaunching the ANC branches and also became a chairperson of the ANC branch in Prieska where he served for two terms.

According to his political profile, he was a founder member of the South African Democratic Teachers’s Union (Sadtu).

He served as the site steward at the Gariep High School in Prieska during the pre-interim phase of local government.

“He became a leader of the non-statutory section of the transitional council and was elected as deputy mayor,” stated Saul in a press statement.

He later re-located from Prieska to Upington where he took leave from active politics for two years where he focused on his religious responsiblities.

His return to politics saw him earn a position as the chairperson of the Rosedale branch in 1999 in Upington.

In 2000 he was elected as mayor of the Xhara Hais Local Municipality.

“In 2001 he was elected as a member of the ANC regional executive committee.

He was elected as chairperson in 2006 until 2015.

“In 2011 he was redeployed to the ZF Mgcawu Municipality where he was district mayor.

“He is also an elected member of the provincial executive committee of the ANC in the province,” added Saul.

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