Should Motlanthe be worried?


In a statement on Monday the Presidency made it clear that Section 91 (1) of the Constitution stipulates that the country shall have only one Deputy President, and that to create another position would be unconstitutional.

According to Section 91 (1) the Cabinet is made up of the President as head of Cabinet, the Deputy President and the Ministers. The President appoints the Deputy President and Ministers, assigns their powers and functions, and may dismiss them. The President must select the Deputy President from among the members of the National Assembly”.

“The Constitution therefore states unequivocally that the Republic of South Africa shall have one Deputy President only.”

According to the Sunday Times report, discussions had been held within the ruling ANC to consider a second Deputy. Current ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, and ANC National Chairperson Baleka Mbete were reportedly under consideration as the two proposed options.


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