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South Africa’s National Assembly speaker Mapisa-Nqakula resigns over corruption allegations

South Africa’s National Assembly speaker Mapisa-Nqakula resigns over corruption allegations

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the speaker of South Africa’s National Assembly, resigned from her position following corruption allegations.

The resignation came after her home was raided in a graft probe that is expected to impact the ruling African National Congress (ANC) ahead of the upcoming national elections in May.

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Reason for resignation

In her resignation letter, Mapisa-Nqakula stated that she decided to step down immediately to uphold the integrity of parliament and focus on the investigation against her. She mentioned that due to the seriousness of the allegations against her, she could not continue in her role as the speaker.

Allegations and denial

Mapisa-Nqakula is accused of soliciting significant bribes from a former military contractor during her previous tenure as defense minister. However, she denies these allegations and maintains her innocence. Despite stepping down, she emphasized that her decision was not an admission of guilt and expressed determination to restore her reputation.

Impact on ANC and elections

The corruption case involving Mapisa-Nqakula adds to the challenges faced by the ANC, which has been struggling in the polls due to economic issues and accusations of corruption and mismanagement. The party, in power since 1994, is expected to face a decline in its share of votes below 50%, potentially leading to the need for forming a coalition government.

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Reaction and replacement

The ANC praised Mapisa-Nqakula for protecting the party’s image by resigning voluntarily. Her deputy, Lechesa Tsenoli, will replace her as the speaker of the National Assembly. Opposition parties welcomed her resignation as a step towards accountability and emphasized the importance of having capable leaders representing South Africa.

Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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