ANC shuffles committee chairs in Parliament

2016-05-05 19:00
(Jenni Evans, News24)

(Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town – The ANC in Parliament has reshuffled some of its committee chairpersons to fill existing vacancies and strengthen the capacity to fulfil oversight functions, the party said.

Former higher education and training portfolio committee chairperson, Pinkie Phosa, is the new chairperson for the appropriations standing committee, the ANC said in a statement.

The post was left vacant when Paul Mashatile became Gauteng human settlements MEC.

Phosa’s position on the higher education committee will be filled by Connie September, who was the chairperson of the joint standing committee on intelligence.

Former police minister, Charles Nqakula, will take over the intelligence committee, ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said.

The communications committee will be chaired by Humphrey Maxegwana, who takes over from former MP Joyce Moloi-Moropa, who resigned from Parliament.

Mabe whip of finance committee

Environmental affairs committee will be chaired by Phillemon Mapulane, taking over from Mthembu, who is now the chief whip of the party.

Pule Mabe will fill Minister Des Van Rooyen’s shoes as the whip of the finance committee.

Mabe was recently rapped over the knuckles by Parliament’s ethics committee for benefiting from a contract with a state-owned enterprise.

This comes after Mabe was implicated in irregularities at the embattled Passenger Rail Association of South Africa (Prasa).

According to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's damning report, Derailed, Mabe's company KG Media was "improperly" awarded a R33m communications deal. 

Mthembu said he had no doubt that the changes would further "reinforce Parliament’s oversight role over the executive and enhance quality service delivery to the people of South Africa".

 

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