'The hostile takeover has possibly happened already'

The African National Congress has successfully appointed its new parliamentary committee heads by a majority vote.

Despite opposition to their appointment, Bongani Bongo, Mosebenzi Zwane, Faith Muthambi and Tina Joemat-Pettersson are among those who were confirmed as committee heads on Tuesday.

READ: Process for electing Parliament's chairpersons suffers some delays

Wits School of Governance professor Ivor Sarakinsky suggests a hostile takeover has taken place with some of these appointments.

The hostile takeover has possibly happened already in terms of these key portfolio positions as well as members in the Cabinet.

Ivor Sarakinsky, Professor - Wits School of Governance

What this means is that the space for President [Cyril] Ramaphosa to do the things that need to be done is closing down minute by minute.... that means the chances of him being able to drive through the reforms that country needs is becoming more and more of a stretch now.

Ivor Sarakinsky, Professor - Wits School of Governance

There is a possibility that the portfolio chairs can instead of ignoring, become more interventionists than they ought to be and that means if there is legislation to be passed or tabled, it goes through the portfolio committees and the portfolio committees can be overzealous in scrutinising and pursuing issues in the legislation in order to slow it down.

Ivor Sarakinsky, Professor - Wits School of Governance

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