Former Limpopo speaker's suspension lifted - ANC

2015-11-18 14:30
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Polokwane - The ANC's Limpopo provincial executive committee has lifted former legislature speaker Merriam Ramadwa's suspension, even though she still faces a disciplinary hearing.

"She was suspended because we believe she has transgressed the code of conduct of the ANC," provincial spokesperson Aluwani Netsianda said.

"However, in the interest of giving comrade Ramadwa a fair hearing in the disciplinary process, we are not in the position to elaborate."

He said Ramadwa's suspension was lifted because she had complied with one of the requests made by the ANC in the province.

He would not provide further information.

In August, the ANC caucus in the Limpopo legislature managed to pass a motion to remove Ramadwa from her position.

Ramadwa, a member of the provincial executive committee of both the SA Communist Party and the ANC, refused to resign at the request of the party's heavyweights in the province, including Premier Stanley Mathabatha.

The Economic Freedom Fighters in the legislature lodged an application in the High Court in Pretoria, sitting in Polokwane in September, to try to stop the ANC from removing Ramadwa.

However, Judge Ephraim Makgoba ruled against the EFF on the grounds that the legislature should be allowed to execute its duties without court interference.

Ramadwa was finally removed through legislative processes. She was replaced by Polly Boshielo.

Netsianda said Ramadwa is still a member of the provincial legislature, although she is no longer the speaker.

City Press reported that sources close to Ramadwa said she was removed from her position because she would not allow political interference in the legislature and that she made decisions based on organisational policy.

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