DA appoints second national spokesperson

2015-07-10 16:02

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Johannesburg - Refiloe Ntsekhe has been appointed the DA's national spokesperson, party leader Mmusi Maimane said on Friday.

She will work with MP Phumzile van Damme, the party's other national spokesperson, Maimane said in a statement.

"Our national spokespersons are responsible for communicating on issues that cross-cut or fall outside the portfolios of our shadow cabinet. They will also communicate on party political matters and be the first point of contact for members of the media."

Ntsekhe is currently a deputy federal chairperson of the party, a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature and constituency head for Kempton Park and Tembisa.

Maimane said the DA's federal executive met on Friday for the second time since the party's federal congress in May. Topics covered included next year's local government elections, the state of South Africa's institutions and the country's "economic crisis".

"The DA is concerned about the continued attacks on the judiciary and commend the chief justice and the 27 top jurists who this week reaffirmed their resistance to undue political influence from the politically connected."

On Wednesday Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng rejected claims that judges are being influenced to reach specific verdicts, saying he wants to share his concerns about the allegations with President Jacob Zuma.

His remarks followed public criticism of the judiciary by members of government and the ruling party. ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, after an alliance summit last week, expressed concern about what he claims is the judiciary's interference in the executive and the legislature.

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