African National Congress’ (ANC) Provincial Secretary, Nocks Seabi on Tuesday confirmed a decision by the party’s Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) that Merriam Ramadwa would be recalled as Speaker of the provincial Legislature. In a statement following a PEC meeting on Monday, Seabi said the PEC noted the decision by the Provincial Deployment Committee to redeploy, among others, the current Speaker.
Seabi earlier confirmed that recently sworn in MPL Polly Boshielo was to replace Ramadwa as Speaker. It is expected that she will soon take up the position.
“We are busy processing the implementation of the decision and Ms Boshielo will take the position when we have completed all the processes,” Seabi said.
When asked about Ramadwa’s future role, if any, in politics, Seabi said: “The leadership will look into the role she can play going forward.” Polokwane Observer on 11 June reported that Ramadwa may find her way to Parliament. Ramadwa reportedly approached ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe for help after allegedly receiving two SMS messages from the ANC to resign from her position, but to no avail.
Rumours of ongoing factional divisions in the ANC persists, going so far as to say there is a faction that wants to oust Premier Stan Mathabatha because of the way he runs the province. A source recently told Polokwane Observer that bringing in Boshielo is an attempt to strengthen Mathabatha’s power base. Ramadwa when approached on Wednesday morning said she cannot comment as she did not attend the PEC meeting on Tuesday as she was ill.
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