The new Speaker in the Free State Legislature, Zanele Sifuba is ready, but anxious to get down to work in her new position.
This as Sifuba was nominated unopposed as the Speaker of the Legislature during the first sitting of the house on Wednesday, May 22.
She says she is looking forward to working with all the institutions, further maintaining she is unafraid of making changes to the system if need be.
The newly sworn Speaker who was preceded by Mamiki Qabathe says she needs to get acquainted with the system first, before she can comment in depth on any potential changes she’d like to make to the current system.
“I’ll stop those that have been tried and did not work and I’ll keep those that have been working and taking the institution forward” adds Sifuba.
She was flanked by the new Chief Whip Vusimusi Tshabalala and Premier Sisi Ntombela during a brief media session post the ceremony. Ntombela lauds the selection of women in some key positions in the province, adding that this shows that “women are capable and can lead”.
The Deputy Speaker – Lucy Mapena – and the Deputy Chief Whip – Sarah Moleleki – in the province are also women, further supporting Ntombela’s assertion. Sifuba, took an oath to respect her seat and execute her duties with diligence.
Olebogeng Motse / OFM News