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ANC denies Motshekga demoted

2013-06-20 20:44

Cape Town – ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe has denied that former ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga had been demoted, following the announcement of his replacement on Thursday.

Motshekga was replaced as chief whip by Phumelele Stone Sizani.

Mantashe said the reason was that Motshekga was not a member of the ruling party's national executive committee (NEC) - a pre-condition for being chief whip, which the ANC set in 2008.

"The reason for that is that we have always viewed it as correct to have the chief whip sitting in the NEC as part of the decision-making structures," Mantashe told a media briefing at Parliament.

He said it was essential to keep a direct line of communication between top party structures and Parliament to resolve problems that arose in the legislature as soon as possible.

Motshekga - the ANC's longest serving chief whip to date - failed to make it onto the NEC at the ANC's elective conference in Polokwane in December.

Asked why the decision to replace him came only six months later, Mantashe responded: "One thing that we don't do when we run an organisation is to take decisions in a rush."

Motshekga to remain MP

Motshekga was not at the news briefing, but said afterwards he would remain an ordinary MP.

"I will be here," he told reporters, and later congratulated his successor during the sitting.

In a statement, the ANC thanked Motshekga for his work and credited him with resolving the ANC caucus's financial problems.

"Since 2009, caucus has achieved four consecutive unqualified audit opinions. He leaves a caucus that is stable, both financially and politically."

Sizani served on the NEC and was chairperson of Parliament's portfolio committee on rural development and land reform.

He would be replaced in that post by ANC MP Jerry Thibedi.

The ANC said the new deputy chief whip would be Doris Dlakude, who replaces Nkensani Kubayi.

Mantashe also announced the ANC had confirmed the appointment of Annelize van Wyk as chairperson of the portfolio committee on police.

Comments
  • Ren - 2013-06-20 20:59

    ANC doesn't know if its coming or going!! Hahaha

  • Ren - 2013-06-20 21:02

    HERE ANC’s LIST OF ACHIEVEMENTS ... READS LIKE A FAIRY TALE • 19 years of ANC rule unemployment has gone up by 60% !! • South Africa is now the rape capital of the world • After 19 years of ANC rule we have achieved the dubious distinction of being 140th on a world list of 144 countries for our education department. • We are officially the country where the most hijacks take place • We are also on the top ten list for the most murders • In 19 years the rand/dollar has gone from R3.41 to R10.00 • During ANC rule the petrol price has gone from R1.73 to R12.83 per liter • In 19 years our defense force has gone from being the iron fist of Africa to a laughing stock that can’t defend Disneyland from an invasion of fluffy toys • On the list of most corrupt governments they have given us a special place right at the top • In 19 years we have ten times more people in squatter camps and 1000% more illegal immigrants • In 19 years our roads, railways, military, police, municipal services, old age homes, hospitals and orphanages have literally fallen apart and are worth nothing anymore • No other country on the planet has more convicted criminals in their parliament than us!! • 25% of all South African school girls are HIV+ • Our school girls had 100 000 abortions last year and those •we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the world Viva ANC Viva!! Please BC so that people can become more aware of the great leaders of our country :|.

      Sean Kupferberg - 2013-06-20 23:24

      Nicely said mate.

  • Ren - 2013-06-20 21:06

    HERE ANC’s LIST OF ACHIEVEMENTS ... READS LIKE A FAIRY TALE • 19 years of ANC rule unemployment has gone up by 60% !! • South Africa is now the rape capital of the world • After 19 years of ANC rule we have achieved the dubious distinction of being 140th on a world list of 144 countries for our education department. • We are officially the country where the most hijacks take place • We are also on the top ten list for the most murders • In 19 years the rand/dollar has gone from R3.41 to R10.00 • During ANC rule the petrol price has gone from R1.73 to R12.83 per liter • In 19 years our defense force has gone from being the iron fist of Africa to a laughing stock that can’t defend Disneyland from an invasion of fluffy toys • On the list of most corrupt governments they have given us a special place right at the top • In 19 years we have ten times more people in squatter camps and 1000% more illegal immigrants • In 19 years our roads, railways, military, police, municipal services, old age homes, hospitals and orphanages have literally fallen apart and are worth nothing anymore • No other country on the planet has more convicted criminals in their parliament than us!! • 25% of all South African school girls are HIV+ • Our school girls had 100 000 abortions last year and those •we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the world Viva ANC Viva!! Please BC so that people can become more aware of the great leaders of our country :|.

  • Philemonmaepa Phatlane - 2013-06-20 21:16

    why deny dat u demoted motshekga?When will u and ur boss Zuma be truthful hey?

      Peter Fisher - 2013-06-20 21:23

      Number One truthful?This is almost as scarce as hens teeth!

      Danie Kritzinger - 2013-06-21 08:29

      Zulufication of ANC...

  • Mfundisi - 2013-06-20 21:27

    Just can't get anything right. It's his wife who needs to go.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-06-20 21:37

      As always, trying to address the wrong problem. We cannot be surprised, compatriot, that 5 years after they made the rule and 6 months after Polokwane, they finally discovered their own rule. This is how the entire country is where it is.

  • Tshepo Maluleka - 2013-06-20 21:35

    This is ANC at work...to the outgoing chief whip... the writing was on the hall...failure 2 b part of the NEC at mangaung congress says a lot!! 2 me u a 1 of de liabilities that reduces ANC 2 circus!!Salute 2 that move!

  • Israel - 2013-06-20 21:38

    Oh dear nobody knows what is happening in the anc zoo

  • Jerry Medina - 2013-06-20 21:47

    Oh please give us break and tell that to the birds. South Africa is officially under dictatorship and we all know that.

  • Silencekhorombi Silence - 2013-06-20 21:51

    Zuma national congress is going to be tribal party,what a waste to vote anc.

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-20 22:01

    Mantashe responded: "One thing that we don't do when we run an organisation is to take decisions in a rush." Well that's one true thing he's saying.

  • Richard Scully - 2013-06-20 22:19

    Well I suppose everybody can see, so lets just lie anyway, it would not be normal for the ANC to tell the truth

  • jungleboy - 2013-06-20 22:29

    And you suddenly realised he wasn't a NEC member after so long? Clearly, the ANC applies their laws as and when it suits them. More rubbish from the ANC.

  • Truth.speak - 2013-06-20 22:30

    Hey Gwede, the only time you guys rush is when you are feeding at the trough

  • MJS1234 - 2013-06-20 23:45

    Ummm, so we are taking away your job, but don't worry, it's not a demotion... Well that makes perfect sense!

  • Dineo Dineo - 2013-06-21 04:42

    Only a fool will vote for ANC. Now Motshekga nd whose next? They won Mangaung because they promised people positions, now it's payback time...unnecesary. Two stupid old man (Zuma "Showerman" and Mantashe"Mr Falling lips")

  • Tshepo Mokhoromeng - 2013-06-21 06:56

    OMG!!! the conference was in Mangaung, proof reading asseblief

  • Sisie Indola - 2013-06-21 08:47

    Actually I am more surprised that it took the NEC 6 months to realize it in the first place. But if you look at the last 6 months he has frequently put his foot in mouth - so I would say demoted. And where do demoted cronies go - to a cushy job some where overseas.

  • Boyisile Stya Dikela Mafilika - 2013-06-21 10:15

    Voted against the party position.

  • Al Loots - 2013-06-21 10:26

    Yaaaawn. ZZZzzzzzzzz.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-21 11:52

    We don't take decisions in a rush?. Yes, we have noticed that.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-21 11:54

    We don't make decisions in a rush?. Yes, we have noticed that.

  • Ridovhona Pegion Faranani Hunter - 2013-06-23 06:14

    If s not a demoted. Wt s that mr secretary. Tell us. I wonder those who dd support anc at mangaung. Still having their post. But I know u dnt rush. Is one step at a time. Who s next ?

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