Thandi Modise is a South African politician that is currently serving as Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa. From 2014 to 2019, she served as chairperson of the National Council of Provinces.
In 1976, Thandi left South Africa to join the African National Congress and received training in Angola. In 1978, she returned to South Africa as an Umkhonto weSizwe operative. She was in 1979 arrested and imprisoned, thereby becoming the first woman in South Africa to be jailed for MK activities.
Modise served as the Premier of North West from the 19th of November 2010 to the 21st of May 2014. She was replaced by Supra Mahumapelo, who is also from the ANC.
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She was born on the 25th of December 1959, Vryburg, North West Province, South Africa. As of 2019, she is 60 years old.
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Thandi Modise set to become speaker of the National Assembly
Thandi Modise is set to become the new speaker of the National Assembly when it convenes on Wednesday.
The ANC’s national executive committee has also indicated that environmental affairs minister Nomvula Mokonyane will be demoted from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet to become the new National Assembly chairperson responsible for portfolio committees.
While it is a demotion, this is still a powerful position in parliament as the “chair of chairs” oversees the work of the National Assembly’s committees, approves trips and also presides over plenary sessions of the assembly.
The appointment of Eastern Cape MEC Pemmy Majodina as the chief whip came as perhaps the biggest surprise. Majodina is an NEC member who is “well experienced in governance issues”, said ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule.
“She is part of that generation of young people. She has been with the youth league and we considered her on the generational mix … You will argue that she is not that young any longer, but she comes from that generation,” said Magashule.
Majodina’s deputy is set to be Dorris Dlakude, who has been deputy to both Jackson Mthembu and his predecessor Stone Sizani.
Magashule pleaded with journalists and the public not to judge the new appointees based on their past performances but to give them a chance.
The party has also decided that Job Mokgoro should continue as the premier of the North West, in order “stabilise” that province.
“At the right time, we will interact once more with the matter,” said Magashule.
He revealed that the ANC Women’s League had proposed female candidates for the position but the names they proposed were not on the list of candidates for the North West legislature.
Former Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo will become the new chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).
The National Assembly will convene on Wednesday when MPs will take their oath of office in a sitting presided over by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng or a judge designated by him.
At the same sitting, the assembly will elect its Speaker, the deputy and the President of the Republic.
The ANC’s candidates are expected to emerge victorious due to the party’s majority in the House.
In April, AfriForum’s private prosecution unit said it was ready to take Modise to trial on behalf of the NSPCA for animal abuse.
She is expected to appear in the Potchefstroom Regional Court on June 21.