South Africa: Key Parliamentary Posts Set to Reveal Which ANC Faction Holds the Reins


A special ANC parliamentary caucus is scheduled for Wednesday to finally announce the committee chairpersons whose selection was delayed, repeatedly, amid factional horse-trading. But on Tuesday a different delay emerged: That of the swearing in of the second batch of new ANC MPs in less than two weeks, including two with clouds over their heads, from being fingered for supporting the Guptas to an overturned murder conviction.

It's been topsy-turvy in the ANC parliamentary caucus as governing party ructions have hit Parliament. The legislative sphere of state has had to delay finalising all its structures; only those it could launch without Luthuli House such as the rules and programming committees are in place.

The announcement on house chairpersons and committee chairpersons -- they drive and direct the legislative and oversight work of MPs -- was meant to have happened last week Thursday, but the caucus was cancelled at the last minute, setting tongues wagging.

And then amid all this came the resignations of nine ex-ministers who resigned their parliamentary seats after considering the loss-of-office gratuity and resignation benefit of the Political Office Bearers Pension Fund.

Without those resignations, neither Kebby Maphatsoe, the repeat president of the uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans...

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