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Ramaphosa Averted A Coup In Parliament

Ramaphosa Averted A Coup In Parliament


President Cyril Ramaphosa moved, decisively,
to foil an apparent plot by ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule to engineer a “parliamentary
coup”. Magashule’s move, could have seen crucial
parliamentary committee posts, going to loyalists, many of them being supporters of former president
Jacob Zuma. Committee chairs possess and exercise enormous
legislative and oversight powers, controlling how parliamentary committees conduct oversight
over ministers, and senior government officials. If successful, the anti-Ramaphosa figures,
many of them implicated in state capture and corruption, would have held sway in parliament,
potentially frustrating any legislation Ramaphosa might have proposed, in his ongoing reform
and clean-up drive. The “coup” attempt is the latest chapter
in a saga of defiance, in which Magashule has emerged, as the principal ANC obstruction
to Ramaphosa’s New Dawn. It comes in the same week, that the ANC National
Working Committee appointed an investigation into claims, that some party leaders, including
Magashule, had a hand in forming smaller parties to contest last month’s elections, with
the aim of reducing the ANC’s majority. Among Magashule’s choices for top posts
in parliament, were notorious figures from the Zuma era, including former North West
premier, Supra Mahumapelo, former communications minister, Faith Muthambi, and former mineral
resources minister, Mosebenzi Zwane. The Sunday Times can disclose, that Ramaphosa
and other senior party leaders were left stunned, when they learnt that Magashule had travelled
to Cape Town on Wednesday 12 June 2019, planning to announce new portfolio committee chairs,
largely drawn from his camp, the next day. The timing of Magashule’s ANC caucus meeting
raised eyebrows, as Ramaphosa, his ministers, and their deputies, were attending a cabinet
Lekgotla in Pretoria on Thursday. Well-placed sources said, Ramaphosa stopped
Magashule in his tracks, after his office was alerted by his parliamentary counsellor,
Gerhard Koornhof, on Wednesday. He apparently told Ramaphosa, that Magashule
was set to announce the new chairs of portfolio committees, and the whippery on Thursday,
even though they had not been endorsed by the national leadership. The move was seen as part of a fight-back
by Magashule and his supporters, after some of them were overlooked for ministerial and
deputy minister positions. In retaliation for their exclusion, Magashule’s
supporters in the ANC vowed to “capture parliament”. Insiders said, the proposed list of portfolio
chairs was discussed at an ANC top six officials’ meeting on Thursday last week. However, insiders said, the top six had other
ideas, and rejected some names on the list. The top six further decided, that consultations
with alliance partners should take place before the list was finalised. However, lobbying for positions continued
after the top six meeting. Talk in parliamentary corridors, was that
even outgoing ANC Youth League leader, Collen Maine, had convinced Magashule to include
his name. When Koornhof sounded the alarm on the planned
caucus meeting, Ramaphosa’s allies feared Magashule might have tampered with the list
proposed by the top six, and would table the original names drafted by his allies. Two sources close to the president, and parliamentary
insiders said, his office ordered ANC chief whip, Pemmy Majodina, to halt the caucus meeting
scheduled for 10am on Thursday. Some MPs were in buses, transporting them
to parliament when they received notice of the cancellation. “There was an impression, that he wanted
to force through certain names that were not yet agreed upon. Yes, there was a concern, that people would
be slipped in by the secretary-general, while the president and his deputy focused on the
Lekgotla,” said one source. Parliamentary insiders said, the National
Assembly speaker, Thandi Modise, who also serves on the National Working Committee,
was one of the senior figures, who cautioned Magashule about proceeding with the announcement. Modise is also said to have told Magashule,
that some of the candidates he was pushing were not suitable to lead committees. Modise did not respond to requests for comment. The Magashule list included, Faith Muthambi
for Justice Committee, Mosebenzi Zwane for Transport Committee, and Supra Mahumapelo
for Cooperative Governance Committee. Also on the list, were national executive
committee member, Tandi Mahambehlala as the new Chair of Chairs, former security minister,
Bongani Bongo for International Relations Committee, and Joe Maswanganyi for Public
Enterprises Committee. Former deputy finance minister, Sfiso Buthelezi
was set to head the Finance Committee, and known Magashule ally, Madala Ntombela, was
to chair the State Security Committee. The Police Committee was to be led by Zuma
cheerleader, Mervyn Dirks. The Magashule grouping also planned to take
over the ANC caucus’s influential political and strategy committees, which give political
direction and marching orders to the party’s MP’s. The intention was to populate the political
committee with Zuma allies, such as Sdumo Dlamini, Bathabile Dlamini, and ANC Youth
League secretary-general, Njabulo Nzuza. Dlamini quit as an MP last week. An MP who is also member of the ANC’s NEC,
said there was a huge fight over who to deploy to lead powerful structures such as the Justice
Committee, and the Joint Standing Committee on intelligence. The source said, the Magashule faction wants
control of those committees, because they fear that the Ramaphosa camp wants to use
the state security apparatus to deal with their rivals. The other reason the Magashule group wants
to control the justice committee, is to shield Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, from
possible impeachment. The plan also includes taking over the finance
committee, to push for the nationalisation of the Reserve Bank, and a change in the Bank’s
mandate. The group wants control of the Public Enterprises
Committee, to frustrate Ramaphosa’s Eskom plans. Asked about the cancellation of Thursday’s
caucus meeting, Magashule said it was because he had not been ready to make his presentation,
despite travelling to Cape Town the night before. However, a memo sent to MP’s on Tuesday,
seen by the Sunday Times, lists the “deployment to portfolio committees and whippery” on
the meeting’s agenda. Majodina denied, that she was instructed by
Ramaphosa to cancel the meeting. The matter is expected to be finalised at
a special NEC meeting sitting in Cape Town on Tuesday 17 June 2019. Please check in the description box below,
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16 thoughts on “Ramaphosa Averted A Coup In Parliament”

  1. I think the politics of the ANC is going some where we are goner be happy to be lead by Corrupt people I think if CR is goner be Out because of the Corrupt People we have 2 options Early Election if they over Through Ramaposa or EFF must do something we can work under those people

  2. Snakes in the grass, all those who cause trouble. Gevaarlik. Magashule and his cronies should be sacked. Immediately. Makahambe.

  3. Truth must be told,the Rot must go,we can't go back to Sodom to burn untill Eternity,The President should behailed to stand Firm against another State Capture,All Looters must GO,There's no place for them in the Present get n those in Power must OPENLY REJECT THIS CORRUPTIONs FILTH,WE ARE NOT BLIND AS A Africans,we are sick n tired of Murders,Disappearance of people who speak against Corruption,They must OPENLY Confess their Sins n go to Prison

  4. Hahaha..ibambe ngakho..Ace da corrupt vs Cryl da sellout..dey all da same..Ace thinks about his pocket..Ramaphosa thinks about his businesses..sidlala izigebengu zonke..when r we got to get inequality when you still serving certain individuals..you don't want to implement policies which u fool us about them during yo campaigns..when you win you say not now..when is da ryt tym..mmmm nina nidlala ngathi.

  5. All those names mentioned are all candidates for jailtime.Why are there still arrests made? Cyril seems to be too afraid of some Brutus's in his camp.Charge them and problem will be solved.

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