New deputy president elected for UDM

2016-12-03 23:07
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Cape Town – United Democratic Movement MP Nqabayomzi Kwankwa has been elected as deputy president of the party, replacing Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala who left three months ago.

Kwankwa, previously the UDM chief whip, was elected on Saturday at its national council meeting in Pretoria to discuss its renewal and to fill National Executive Committee vacancies.

Johannes Rapetsoa was elected as fundraiser, replacing Maureen Vogel, who left the party in September along with Litchfield-Tshabalala.

The positions were vacated after the two claimed there was a lack of transparency and manipulation of candidate lists ahead of the August 3 local government elections.

Vogel had accused UDM founder and leader Bantu Holomisa of backing his favourites as councillor candidates.

Litchfield-Tshabalala is a former Economic Freedom Fighters MP who was elected UDM deputy leader at the party’s 2015 elective conference in Mangaung, News24 previously reported.

Kwankwa became a politician in 2009, and later the youngest UDM MP in the National Assembly.

Holomisa on Saturday said among the resolutions passed on Saturday is the party would “open our doors to the nation” during its policy review in 2017.

“We will aim to listen to the people and to give you the opportunity to play an active role in shaping South Africa's future. This process will culminate in a policy congress in September 2017,” he said.

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