Motlanthe to stay on until 2014 elections

2012-12-22 00:00

DEPUTY president Kgalema Motlanthe will remain in his government post until the 2014 elections, according to President Jacob Zuma.

The New Age reported yesterday that Zuma had told its business breakfast in Bloemfontein that Motlanthe’s job as the country’s number two was safe until the next poll.

New ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa had a lot on his plate and he would be criss-crossing the country doing ANC work and would not replace Motlanthe in government, Zuma said.

Speculation about Motlanthe’s future must come to an end, he added.

At the close of the party’s conference, the president told delegates that Motlanthe was not lost to the ANC now that he was no longer in its top brass, but would head the ANC’s political school.

Sister newspaper Beeld reports that if there were a change of heart in the governing party, parliament’s rules would allow for Ramaphosa to become an MP within days.

There are two vacant ANC seats in the National Assembly and given that the party has not changed its list for Parliament since May last year, Ramaphosa could be given one of these.

According to parliament’s rules, a party has only one chance a year — from May 6 to May 5 the next year — to amend its list of candidates for the National Assembly.

Meanwhile, one person who may be without a job given that he was not voted on to the ANC’s NEC is party chief whip Mathole Motshekga.

Although it is not a rule that the ANC’s chief whip must be a member of the NEC, there is a strictly observed custom that he or she should be.

Speculation is rife that Motshekga, who is not popular with the party’s caucus and is known to irritate National Assembly speaker Max Sisulu, could well be put out to pasture in the new year.

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