Former Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: Nhlanhla Phillips/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
Former Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: Nhlanhla Phillips/African News Agency (ANA) Archives

DA pits own candidate against Mapisa-Nqakula for position of Speaker

By Siyabonga Mkhwanazi Time of article published Aug 19, 2021

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Cape Town - Former Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is facing competition in the election of a Speaker in Parliament after the DA confirmed it would nominate Annalie Lotriet as a candidate.

DA chief whip Natasha Mazzone said the DA would not allow the ANC to simply have its way against those who objected to Mapisa-Nqakula’s nomination.

Lotriet is the caucus chairperson of the DA in Parliament and has served in the ad hoc committee on land expropriation.

Mazzone said the DA hoped that ANC members would vote with it during the secret ballot.

“We need someone with integrity. We have put forward our candidate, Dr Annelie Lotriet. We trust members of the ANC will vote with us,” said Mazzone.

The EFF and Cope have said they would not participate in the process.

The ANC has insisted that it would continue with Mapisa-Nqakula’s nomination.

But Mazzone said the DA would not allow someone like Mapisa-Nqakula to lead such a critical institution.

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