Former Mangaung Metro Mayor, Thabo Manyoni, has been deployed to the National Assembly. This was revealed during the ANC Provincial Leadership Summit held in Bloemfontein today (Tuesday).
There was speculation as to whether there would be a reshuffling of the provincial leadership following the local elections, which saw former Cogta MEC, Olly Mlamleli, become the new mayor of Mangaung. ANC Provincial Secretary, William Bulwane, says Manyoni can be called to parliament at any time.
“We have amended our list as a province. So the ANC’s deputy chair in the Free State will be sworn in at parliament as a matter of urgency, anytime from now. His name is there. He will be called to be sworn in as a member of the National Assembly,” said Bulwane.
Thabo Manyoni, says his move to parliament is needed for change. “I’m looking forward to that deployment and I think I will try my best as I have done before wherever I get deployed. And of course for me it will be a learning experience, but I think it is also something that I need. And I think, I will try by all means to make sure that I don’t disappoint the people of South Africa,” said Manyoni.
Another redeployment announced at the summit was that of the current Lejweleputswa Speaker, Kenalemang Phukuntsi, who will now move to the Provincial Legislature.
Free State Premier and ANC provincial chairperson, Ace Magashule, addressed the 575 provincial leaders who attended the summit. He said the wealth of South Africa is still in the hands of the minority and this is a threat to the ANC as a political party. Magashule says the party needs to listen to the people and focus on their needs…
“Speed up radical economic transformation and ensure that black business and black people in this country have the land. Ensure that they have the necessary resources, the mineral rights, the media – everything must not just be owned by white compatriots. Deracialize the wealth of South Africa and make sure that all of us participate,” said Magashule.
Seithati Semenokane / Courant News