Cape Town – ANC Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina is reportedly planning to write a report to the party’s secretary-general, Fikile Mbalula, seeking action against Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for her absence during a crucial parliamentary vote.
Dlamini-Zuma was notably missing when MPs voted to remove Busisiwe Mkhwebane as the country’s public protector on Monday.
Majodina expressed surprise at Dlamini-Zuma’s absence, saying that she had no apology or permission to be absent from the proceedings.
“If anyone votes against the party, if we are to part ways with that person, we’re going to do just that. Every member of any party toes the party line. They are going to toe the party line today, and if they don’t, we’re going to process them accordingly,” Majodina said.
[LISTEN] ANC Chief Whip, Pemmy Majodina says if anyone in the ANC votes against the party line which is to vote in favour of the adoption of the section 194 report – recommending Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane be removed as the Public Protector – will be dealt with and the party is… pic.twitter.com/NErtOv6AI0
— Athi Mtongana (@AthiMtongana) September 11, 2023
She added: “Her absence today was a shock to me. She has no apology; she has no permission to be absent. I can account for others; I know their whereabouts. I don’t know the whereabouts of Mama Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. As I usually do, I’m packaging the report to the secretary-general’s office. It’s high time that they act once and for all; it’s enough now,” Majodina told Newzroom Afrika on Monday after the proceedings.
Penny Majodina says @DlaminiZuma has already two charges pending before the ANC National Disciplinary Committee.
Majodina says NDZ’s absence from parliament today is another misconduct that will be added to the charges before the ANC National Disciplinary Committee.
— Engineer Matšhela Koko, MBL (@koko_matshela) September 11, 2023
Majodina emphasised that it’s time for the party to take action against Dlamini-Zuma, indicating that the matter is already with the National Disciplinary Committee.
This incident follows Dlamini-Zuma’s previous break with the ANC parliamentary caucus when she voted against the party’s position on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s impeachment process, a decision she told EWN she doesn’t regret.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu