JOHANNESBURG– The next session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) sitting in Midrand, Johannesburg, beginning on Monday may have more life than usual as Julius Malema, the outspoken leader of South African opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), will be among the South African MPs joining the House.
Malema will be joined by other new members from South Africa who include the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, the uooer chamber of Parliament, Thandi Modise, and senior African National Congress (ANC) MP Thoko Didiza.
The PAP said here Wednesday that at least 80 Parliamentarians would be sworn-in as new Members during the opening ceremony of the 6th Ordinary Session of the Fourth African Parliament next Monday. This follows general elections in a number of African nation and rotation within national delegations and comes ahead of the election of new leadership for the PAP.
According to the Clerk of the PAP, Vipya Harawa, the assembly will also be electing a new leadership drawn from the continent’s five sub-regions.
Sittings of the Pan African Parliament often go unnoticed, but during the last session, the EFF’s Floyd Shivambu made his presence felt.
The next sitting of the House will see South Africa being represented by four MPs as Santosh Vinita Kalyan returns, and Modise, Thokozile Didiza, Mandlesizwe Mandela and Malema will be sworn in alongside other new parliamentarians from the continent
All eyes will be on the election of the new leadership for the parliament to replace current President Roger Nkodo Dang of Cameroon, and his four Vice-Presidents.
ANC member Dr Hunadi Matene says: Rotation is good for unity. Shivambu says: As the Southern (Africa) region we have put a motion to make it a rule for regions to rotate.
Any of the of the four South African MPs could be elected to the contested positions. The Pan African Parliament has 255 members representing the 55 African Union (AU) member States which have ratified the Protocol that established it.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK