Nomvula Mokonyane has asked the ANC to reconsider her deployment to Parliament as House chairperson.
The ANC’s confirmed receiving Mokonyane’s request.
Her appointment to the powerful parliamentary position was announced on Monday after the party’s special NEC meeting.
Nomvula Mokonyane won’t take her position as chair of chairs in parliament. So she won’t be part of the 6th parliament. ANC says she has mentioned “family responsibilities” as reason.
It was seen as confirmation that Mokonyane would not be a candidate for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new Cabinet.
The ANC said that Mokonyane asked the party to rethink its decision to make her House chairperson of the sixth Parliament.
In a statement, it said that she’s told her party that due to family responsibilities and being in mourning she believes she’d be unable to carry out her duties “with diligence and commitment”.
Earlier, party officials explained Mokonyane’s absence from Wednesday’s swearing-in of MPs as due to her still being in mourning following the recent death of her husband.
Opposition parties are likely to welcome her decision not to take up the post, with the DA having already threatened to approach Parliament’s ethics committee.