Dlamini-Zuma sworn in as MP today

Elias Hubbard
September 22, 2017

"Charge Zuma. Fire Zuma from the ANC, then I will know that you are serious about self-correcting".

The ANC presidential hopeful, former Cabinet member and African Union chairperson was sworn in as MP around 12:00 behind the closed doors of deputy speaker Lechesa Tsenoli.

The ANC confirmed that Dlamini-Zuma would become an MP after National Executive Committee member Pule Mabe departed the National Assembly nearly two weeks ago.

One of Dlamini-Zuma's fan clubs offered a quote... ". She won't be a backbencher in Parliament", Fikeni said. So, as far as I'm concerned I'm to Parliament to be a member of Parliament.

The parliamentary seat gives Dlamini-Zuma, the former chairwoman of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, a platform from which to raise her profile ahead of a party leadership conference in December.

As a strong supporter and close family to Jacob Zuma, Dlamini-Zuma will only protect the president and his allies while deliberately ignoring the interests of South Africa and its people.

But she has been endorsed by the ANC's women and youth leagues, and enjoys support from the powerful KwaZulu-Natal province, which is also Zuma's stronghold. But she had to be an MP before she can be appointed to Cabinet.

It is no secret that Zuma is seeking to re-assert his influence over the ANC caucus at Parliament after dozens of his MPs voted in support of the 8 August Motion of No Confidence in him.

"Those members of Zuma's cabinet who were outspoken against Zuma, and those who belong to the rebellious South African Communist Party (SACP), are certain to be fired by Zuma in the cabinet reshuffle, " the DA said.

Several candidates have declared interest to contest for the ANC presidency but analysts say the race will narrow down to a contest between Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa. Dlamini-Zuma's deployment to parliament is not being done in good faith.

Dlamini-Zuma replaces Pule Mabe, who resigned, and Wolmarans replaces the controversial Brian Molefe, who resigned after a short stint as MP to go back to Eskom as CEO, but this move was also short-lived.

Asked to comment on this by the swarm of parliamentary journalists after taking her oath of office, Dlamini-Zuma said: "Well I've been informed by the office of the chief whip and the secretary general of the ANC that I am coming here to be a member of Parliament, they have not told me anything else".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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