ANC recalls chief whip

Stone Sizani will replace Mathole Motshekga in Parliament.

Parliament. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The ANC has recalled its Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga.

The ruling party held an urgent briefing in Cape Town on Thursday and announced Stone Sizani, a former United Democratic Front member and 'seasoned cadre', as his successor.

"It is policy now taken by the NEC that a chief whip of the ANC must be a member of the NEC," said ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe.

Motshekga has been criticised from within his own caucus for being "less than effective".

The ruling party says its decision to replace Mathole Motshekga was deliberated at length.

Mantashe says the ANC has faith in Sizani, who served as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Rural Development.

"He has a track record in the movement. He will be deputised by Dorris Dlakude."