South Africa deputy president's swearing in postponed

23 Mai, 2019, 01:09 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Naledi Pandor

The African National Congress Deputy President, David Mabuza has requested officials to postpone his swearing in as a member of the National Assembly scheduled to take place today.

Lawmakers were sworn in before the maiden session starting at 2.00 p.m. (1200 GMT).

Calls for change included a push for a female deputy president.

"The deputy president made the request in light of a report by the ANC Integrity Commission in which he is alleged to have prejudiced the integrity of the ANC and brought the organisation into disrepute", said President Ramaphosa on Wednesday.

Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected as the President of the Republic of South Africa in the National Assembly and has been congratulated by MPs.

He will serve his first full five-year term since taking over last year from Jacob Zuma who was forced out over a series of corruption scandals.

"If you are not a member of the National Assembly you can not be appointed Deputy President".

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He became the ANC's vice president in December 2017 when Ramaphosa was elected party leader.

Ramaphosa said Mabuza has postponed his swearing-in to deal with the Integrity Commission report on him.

"The Deputy President believes that the ANC as a governing party should advance the electoral mandate in an environment of public trust".

The ANC says in a statement that Mabuza asked for a postponement which the party granted.

Nomvula Mokonyane will also not be sworn in as an MP citing family responsibility following the death of her husband.

The main opposition Democratic Alliance's chief whip in parliament, John Steenhuisen said the last-minute withdrawal by two senior ANC members is "very clearly a sign that something is afoot in the ANC".

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