Mthembu 'honoured' to be new ANC Chief Whip

The ANC confirmed this morning that Mthembu will replace Stone Sizani.

FILE: Newly appointed ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Newly appointed African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says he feels honoured to have been chosen to fill the position.

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe confirmed this morning that Mthembu will replace Stone Sizani, who resigned his seat in Parliament earlier this month to take up an ambassadorial post in Germany.

Mthembu says he will do the best he can in his new role.

"Now we have to work together to ensure that all of us, who have over 249 seats in the National Assembly, are able to discharge what the ANC sent us there to do. So indeed, it's a daunting task, but it's a task that all of us should work together to achieve."

The ANC says it believes Mthembu has the necessary experience to replace Sizani.

Mantashe says the party has confidence in its newly appointed Chief Whip.

At the beginning of March, the party confirmed that Sizani had been redeployed.

The party confirmed his resignation shortly after a special caucus meeting of its Members of Parliament but offered no reason for the decision.

Sizani had 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.