Cape Town - National Assembly chairperson and ANC mayoral candidate for Tshwane, Thoko Didiza, will only be required to leave Parliament if the ANC wins the metro in the August 3 municipal elections, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said on Monday.
Spokesperson Kate Bapela said a National Assembly member would only have to resign if their party was successful and obtained a council seat.
According to the rules, disqualification can take place if a candidate:
- Has been declared an unrehabilitated insolvent;
- Has been declared to be of unsound mind by a court;
- Is convicted of an offence and sentenced to more than 12 months imprisonment without the option of a fine in the past five years;
- Is a member of the National Assembly, a delegate to the National Council of Provinces, or a Member of a Provincial Legislature (MPL).
ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte on Monday confirmed Didiza's nomination, to replace mayor Kgosientso Ramakgopa, after word started spreading on Saturday.
Didiza was proposed after the ANC's provincial executive committee rejected three names that were put forward. Some ANC supporters began protesting in several townships around Tshwane to protest against the decision.
If she was successful, Didiza would no longer share the responsibility of keeping order in the increasingly boisterous National Assembly.
According to Section 158 (1) (e) of the Constitution, anybody who is allowed to vote in a municipal council election, is eligible to be a member of that council.
Solly Msimango, the Democratic Alliance's mayoral candidate for the Tshwane metro said she would only have to resign immediately after the ANC won the metro.
Without missing a beat, he added: "But it is unlikely."
Msimango was in a similar position as Didiza. He would have to resign as an MPL if the DA was successful and he was voted mayor of Tshwane.
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