MPs clash over Ronald Lamola's inclusion to MDDA board

It's the second time this week that the ANC has used its superior numbers in the House to approve appointments to state-owned entities, despite opposition objections.

Former ANCYL leader Ronald Lamola. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) has used its majority in the National Assembly to ensure Former ANC Youth League President Ronald Lamola is appointed to the board of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA).

The MDDA supports community broadcasters and small commercial projects.

It's the second time this week that the ruling party has used its superior numbers in the House to approve appointments to state-owned entities, despite opposition objections.

On Wednesday, the National Assembly approved the names of 12 people to serve on the board of the SABC even though opposition MPs objected to two candidates, Febe Potgieter-Gqubule and Krish Naidoo.

A similar clash played out on Friday when Lamola, Martina Della-Togna and Nombeko Mbava were chosen to fill three vacancies at the MDDA.

The Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), United Democratic Movement, Congress of the People and Agang all objected to Lamola's inclusion.

The IFP's Mkulekho Hlengwa said: “It certainly cannot be that you take ANC people in broad daylight and you want to hijack institutions in broad day light.”

The names will now be sent to the president who makes the appointments.