Update: ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani redeployed, resigns from Parly
Doris Dlakude has been appointed acting chief whip.
JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has confirmed that its Chief Whip in the National Assembly, Stone Sizani, has been redeployed and is resigning from Parliament.
The party confirmed his resignation shortly after a special caucus meeting of its Members of Parliament this afternoon, but no reason has yet been given for the decision.
ANC Chief Whip, Comrade Stone Sizani, has been redeployed to a new responsibility that would be publicly announced in due course— ANC Parliament (@ANCParliament) March 2, 2016
The Chief Whip of the majority party has recently been at the forefront of the ANC's efforts to defend President Jacob Zuma during confidence motions in Parliament sparked by Zuma's admission in the Constitutional Court that he would repay some of the money spent by government on his home at Nkandla.
Sizani has been the ruling party's chief whip since 2013.
The party announced this afternoon that deputy chief whip Doris Dlakude will temporarily take over his responsibilities.
The ANC says Sizani has only resigned so suddenly as its chief whip, because he has to take up new responsibilities urgently.
Because of the urgency with which he is required in the new deployment, Cde Sizani has thus resigned from Parliament with immediate effect— ANC Parliament (@ANCParliament) March 2, 2016
But the party has not explained what those new responsibilities are.
The ANC's Moloto Mothapo says Sizani's new responsibilities will be announced soon.
"It is due to the new deployment, which will be announced in due course. If you ask 'why so suddenly', it is because of the urgency with which he has to take the new responsibility."