Dlamini-Zuma defiant over Phala Phala-vote

By Lungani Zungu

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma could find herself in trouble with the ANC after voting in favour of the Phala Phala report in Parliament on Tuesday. 

Defiant Dlamini-Zuma now accuses her party of gagging party MPs ahead of Tuesday’s vote that saw the Section 89 Independent panel’s report being rejected.

“What decisions did they expect us to take when others were not given the opportunity to express themselves?” she said on NewzroomAfrica. 

The ANC had a meeting before the vote where party MPs were given the mandate to vote against the report.

However, Dlamini-Zuma, Supra Mahumapelo, Mosebenzi Zwane and Mervyn Dirks, defied the party and voted in favour of the adoption of the report. 

They are all aligned to former president Jacob Zuma and are openly anti-Cyril Ramaphosa.


“I took an oath when I became a member of Parliament that I will protect and respect the Constitution,” said Dlamini-Zuma.

She dared her party to haul her in front of a disciplinary hearing.

“I will explain why I took the decision to vote in favour of the adoption of the report,” she said.

ANC Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina said she will write a report to the national leadership about the MPs who did not toe the party line.

“We can’t have senior MPs who do not respect the collective decision of the party. No EFF member would ever vote against a party decision,” she said.

ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe said the national leadership of the party would deal with the rebel MPs.

Ramaphosa will slug it out with former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize for the top job when the party holds its 55th elective conference from Friday to Monday in Nasrec. 

The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC), the party’s highest decision-making body, was expected to hold its final meeting on Wednesday  ahead of the contest, but postponed it to Thursday. 

Pictured above: Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma 

Image source: eNCA

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