Motshekga not bitter about recall

Mathole Motshekga says he understands why he was recalled and will remain a member of parliament.

Mathole Motshekga says he understands why he was recalled and will remain a member of parliament.

CAPE TOWN - Mathole Motshekga said on Thursday he remains an ordinary member of parliament following his replacement as African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip by Stone Sizani.

The ANC announced that Sizani, a former United Democratic Front member and 'seasoned cadre', would be Motshekga's successor during an urgent media briefing in parliament on Thursday.

The decision was taken because ANC rules stipulate that the Chief Whip must be a member of the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) but Motshekga failed to make the cut at the party's elective conference in Mangaung last year.

Motshekga said he is not bitter about the decision.

"I was a member of the NEC that took a decision that the Chief Whip must be a member of the NEC and I am now no longer a member."

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has denied that this is a demotion for Motshekga.

"All that is done is that they are redeployed. We don't use the words promotion and demotion in our vocabulary."

However, Eyewitness News understands that the now former ANC Chief Whip is in line for an ambassador post, but both men deny knowing anything about this.