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'Sizani's resignation could see reshuffle in ANC Parliamentary caucus'

Stone Sizani’s resignation could be the start of a shake-up in the ANC’s Parliamentary caucus.

Former African National Congress (ANC) chief whip, Stone Sizani. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - There's speculation that African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip Stone Sizani's sudden resignation as chief whip could be the start of a broader shake-up in the party's Parliamentary caucus.

The move was announced at a hastily convened caucus meeting yesterday as speculation mounted in the corridors.

Sizani's deputy, Doris Dlakude, has been made acting chief whip.

The ANC's 11th chief whip in 19 years, Sizani has been redeployed to become South Africa's ambassador to Germany.

Sinzani says he was informed of the decision last week.

"The immediate effect is a bit drastic, because the secretary general informed me last Thursday, and we needed to tidy up all the things that we needed to do."

Sizani took over from Mathole Motshekga in 2013 and fought hard to impose discipline on errant Members of Parliament whose absence from the house delayed the passage of legislation.

He also found himself defending President Jacob Zuma against opposition attacks.

The Democratic Alliance Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said Sizani's abrupt departure is a sign of deeper divides within the caucus.

The party's Moloto Mothapo said, "The fact is that he has been deployed and he has then to resign with immediate effect, so that he can take up his new position with immediate effect."

Speculation is running high that there could be a wider reshuffle of positions.