Nominations of MPs to constitutional bodies and international institutions

26 May 2009

The ANC Parliamentary Caucus notes the nominations today of several Members of Parliament by the National Assembly to the membership of South Africa’s constitutional bodies and the Continent’s Parliamentary Structures, i.e. Judicial Service Commission, the Magistrate Commission, the Pan African Parliament and the Southern Development Community Parliamentary Union.

We are confident that these Parliamentary nominees will through their designations make a valuable contribution towards fulfilling the mandates of these institutions and further strengthen democracy in South Africa and Africa.

Below are Parliamentary nominees from the African National Congress and their brief profiles:


  1. Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu

Mninwa Mahlangu is currently the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and is currently studying for a Diploma in Economics Principles through the University of London. Between 1991 and 1994, he served as a negotiator at the Congress for Democratic South Africa (CODESA) and the Multiparty Negotiation Forum. From 1993 to 1994 he served as a member of the Transitional Executive Council (TEC), which governed South Africa before the first general elections of April 1994.

He was the member of the Constitutional Assembly that drafted the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. He has represented South Africa at a number of international Conferences and Seminars, such as the Study of the Role of the Senate, Germany in 1995; the Study of Intergovernmental Relations, India in 1999; and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Conferences.

He is the former Deputy Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces and has been the Chairperson of the NCOP since 2005. He has been a member of the Pan-African Parliament since 2003. He is also a former member of South Africa’s Judicial Service Commission.

He is currently the Executive Member of the Royal House of King Maphepha Ndebele Tribal Authority.

  1. Fatima Hajaij

Fatima Hajaij is the former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. She has been an ANC Member of Parliament since 1994 and has served in various parliamentary structures such the Portfolio Committees on Trade & Industry, Justice and Foreign Affairs. She served as the Chairperson for the Foreign Affairs Portfolio Committee between 2004 and 2009.
She is the former Vice-President for the Transvaal Indian Congress and was member of various anti-apartheid organisations such as the UDF and the Progressive Front. She is the former provincial executive committee member of the Gauteng ANCWL.

  1. Siza James Njikelana

Sisa Njikelana has been a Member of Parliament since 2004, during which he served on Portfolio Committees on Trade & Industry and Health.
He has also participated in various task teams, including the Policy on International Relations Task Team, ICT Support for Parliamentarians Focus Group; ANC Constituency Work Support Unit; ANC Constituency Work Support Unit; ANC Gauteng Provincial Collective (Management Committee); Leadership Development Project Steering Committee (as Chairperson); and APRM Socio-Economic Joint Sub-Committee.

He served as ANC Branch Executive Committee member for the ANC in Hillbrow, Sunnyside, and Yeoville. He further served as a member of the Gauteng SACP PEC’s finance & labour sub-committees between 2002 and 2004; Councillor for City of Joburg-Eastern Metro Council between 1995 and 1998. He was also active in trade unions such as SAAWU, Nehawu, and Nupawo.


  1. Max Vuyisile Sisulu

Max Sisulu is the current Speaker of the National Assembly.
He’s got Masters in Political Economy and Masters in Public Policy.
He was the ANC Representative in Hungary and was the first Chief Whip of the first democratic parliament in 1994. He has worked as Deputy CEO of DENEL and as Group General Manager for SASOL.
He is the member of the ANC National Executive Committee and National Working Committee, and chairs the Economic Transformation Committee of the ANC.

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  1. Inkosi Patekile Holomisa

Inkosi Patekile Holomisa has been ANC Member of the National Assembly since the beginning of the first democratic Parliament in 1994. He was the Chairperson for the Portfolio Committee on Land Affairs and later became the Chairman of the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture and Land Affairs.

He is currently nominee for the Chairman of the Joint Constitutional Review Commmittee, which he previously chaired. He previously served on portfolio committees on Justice, Joint Constitutional Review and Ad Hoc Committee on Parliamentary Oversight and Review.

He is currently the leader of the Hegebe Clan of Thembuland; Chairperson of the SADC Council of Traditional Leaders and President of the Contralesa (since 1990).

He is the former member of the ANC Regional Executive Committee in Trankei, member of the United Democratic Front, and student activist. He is also a former member of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers.

  1. Beauty Dlulane

Beauty Nombvulo Dlulane has served in various parliamentary committees, including the Select Committee on Public Service, the Select Committee on Land and Environmental Affairs, and the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interest.


  1. Fatima Chohan-Kota

Chohan-Kota is the nominee for the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education. She previously chaired portfolio committees on Justice & Constitutional Development as well as Local Government. She is the former member of the Transvaal Indian Congress, where she served as an alternate representative to Codesa. She is also a former student activist, having participated in the Muslim Student Society and the Black Student Society. She is currently a member of the Dullar Omar Branch in the Western Cape.

Chohan-Kota also served in government in the following positions: Legal Advisor in the Office of the Gauteng Premier, Legal Advisor in the Gauteng Legislature, and Deputy Head of the Metro Legal Services in the Greater Johannesburg.

Chohan-Kota was admitted to the Side Bar in 1998 and is currently a Masters Degree Candidate at Rhodes University.

  1. Cecil Valentine Burgess

Cecil Burgess has been a Member of Parliament since 2004. He is currently a nominee for the Chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on State Security. Previously, Burgess participated in the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence, Joint Standing Committee on Constitutional Review Committee, and the Portfolio Committee on Correctional Services. He holds the following qualifications, BA and BProc (Unisa) and LLM (UWC).

  1. Adv. Ngoako Ramatlhodi

Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi is the first Premier of Limpopo. He has been a member of the ANC National Executive Council since 1991.
He is the former provincial chairman of the ANC in Limpopo. He served as a political secretary and assistant to the former ANC President Oliver Tambo.

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  1. Adv. Michael Masutha

Michael Masutha is currently chairperson-designate for the Standing Committee on Auditor-General. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1999, during which he chaired the portfolio committee on Social Development and participated in various committees such as Rules Committee and Justice and Constitutional Development.
He has legal qualifications (BJuris, LLB) from Wits and University of the North, and was admitted in 1995 as Advocate of the High Court of South Africa.

He is a former member of the Northern Transvaal Association for the Blind and an Organiser for the Disabled Students at the University of the North. He has practiced as a lawyer for Human Rights between 1991 and 1996, during which he also worked as Welfare Desk Adviser at the ANC Headquarters.

  1. Tlake Manana

Tlake Manana has been a member of the National Assembly since 2006, where she took part in portfolio committees on Health and Public Service & Administration.

She served Provincial Chairperson of the ANC Women’s League in Free State in 1994; Commissioner for the Commission on Gender Equity in the Free State in 1999; and a Director for Strategy in the Motheo Municipality. She is currently a member of both the Provincial Executive Committee and the Provincial Working Committee of the ANC in Free State.

Tlake holds a BA in Nursing Sciences and a Certificate in Public Administration from the University of the Free State.

Issued by
ANC Parliamentary Caucus
Parliament of the Republic of SA

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