Ms Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula

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  • Ms Mapisa-Nqkula was appointed as the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans of the Republic of South Africa on 12 June 2012.
  • She has been a member of Parliament since 2004 and member of National Executive Council (NEC) of African National Congress (ANC) since December 2007.
Academic Qualifications

  • Ms Mapisa-Nqakula holds a Primary Teacher's Diploma from the Bensonvale Teacher TRG College.
  • Project Management with Canadian University Studies (CUSO).
  • She also did the Basic Human Relations Course; Community Development course; Communications course; and she also trained in Youth Leadership and she is currently studying Psychology with the Newport University.
  • She Matriculated from Mount Arthur High School.
Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities

  • She Taught at Bensonvale Junior Secondary School in 1978; and at St Matthews Teachers' Training College in 1979.
  • She served as Youth Worker with Target Timothy (A project of SANSSA) from 1981 to 1982 and worked with open schools to help students from disadvantaged communities who were matric drop-outs.
  • She was a founder member of the East London Domestic Workers Association (ELDWA) in 1982, and served as Assistant Director of Masazane Open School (a project of the South African Institute of Race Relation-SAIRR) from 1982 to 1984.
  • She also served as Head of Commission set up to investigate desertions of ANC MK members to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Angola in 1984.
  • Ms Mapisa-Nqakula left the country and underwent military training in Angola and the Soviet Union respectively in 1984 and she served as a member of political and military structures in Soviet Union in 1985.
  • She also attended Equality Development and Peace seminar in Nairobi in 1985 and worked with the political military structures of ANC from 1986 to 1988.
  • She represented the ANC Women's section to Pan African Women's Organisation (PAWO) from 1988 to 1990, during that time she also attended PAWO Regional seminar on the emancipation of women in Lusaka in 1989.
  • In 1990 she was deployed within the country to help rebuild ANC structures in 1990 during that period she attended Malibongwe Conference in Amsterdam. She also served as National organiser of the ANC Women's League and member of its National Executive between 1990 and 1993.
  • Ms Mapisa-Nqakula was a member of the Theme 3 Core Group of the Constitution Making Process since 1994; and served as a Secretary-General of the ANC Women's League and member of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) respectively from 1993 to 1997. She served as Deputy Chairperson of ANC Political Committee and Chief Whip of majority party in 2001 and she has also served as the President of African National Congress Women League (ANCWL) from 2003 to 2008.
  • She has represented the ANC Women's section to the People's Republic of Angola for two years and in 1985 she attended 2nd ANC Consultative seminar in Kabwe. She has worked closely with women's organisations inside and outside the country.
  • Before her appointment as the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Mapisa-Nqakula had served as Deputy Minister of Home Affairs from 6 May 2002 to 28 April 2004, and then as Minister of Home Affairs from 29 April 2004 to 10 May 2009; and as Minister of Correctional Services of the Republic of South Africa from 11 May 2009 to 12 June 2012. Ms Mapisa-Nqakula was Minister of Defence and Military Veterans of the Republic of South Africa from 12 June 2012 to date.
 

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  • Ms Mapisa-Nqakula left the country and underwent military training in Angola and the Soviet Union respectively in 1984 and she served as a member of political and military structures in Soviet Union in 1985.
Just another Communist
 

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Compared with:

Lloyd James Austin III (born August 8, 1953) is a retired United States Army four-star general serving as the 28th United States secretary of defense since January 22, 2021. He is the first African American to serve as the United States secretary of defense. Austin previously served as the 12th commander of United States Central Command (CENTCOM) from 2013 to 2016.

Austin was born on August 8, 1953, in Mobile, Alabama,and raised in Thomasville, Georgia.He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1975, where he was commander of G-1 (G Company, 1st Regiment). He later earned a Master of Arts degree in counselor education from Auburn University's College of Education in 1986, and a Master of Business Administration in business management from Webster University in 1989. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.
 

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Is this thread a question? Am I missing something? Bad joke posted in the wrong sub-forum?
 

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Compared with:

Lloyd James Austin III (born August 8, 1953) is a retired United States Army four-star general serving as the 28th United States secretary of defense since January 22, 2021. He is the first African American to serve as the United States secretary of defense. Austin previously served as the 12th commander of United States Central Command (CENTCOM) from 2013 to 2016.

Austin was born on August 8, 1953, in Mobile, Alabama,and raised in Thomasville, Georgia.He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1975, where he was commander of G-1 (G Company, 1st Regiment). He later earned a Master of Arts degree in counselor education from Auburn University's College of Education in 1986, and a Master of Business Administration in business management from Webster University in 1989. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.
Comparing the two positions is not as straightforward though, one straddles
the lines between politics and administration/accounting officer while the other is purely political with an oversight role.
 

Fulcrum29

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Congratulations, to her most current position,


Ex-defense minister elected parliamentary speaker​

Less than a month after President Cyril Ramaphosa removed her from his cabinet.

Former South Africa Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was elected to parliament’s top leadership position less than a month after President Cyril Ramaphosa removed her from his cabinet.

The speaker’s post became vacant after Ramaphosa appointed incumbent Thandi Modise as defense minister, one of 10 changes made in an August 5 reshuffle of his executive. Mapisa-Nqakula was a shoo-in for the legislature job after the ruling African National Congress, which has an outright parliamentary majority, selected her as its candidate.
 

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Even the SABC News implied that she is not fit for office.

BTW, the presiding officer was Judge Hlophe. Real banana republic stuff:

Subscribers only, but headline says it all:
 

Fulcrum29

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Just to add, statement issued by parliament,


Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula elected as Speaker – Parliament​


National Assembly elects Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as Speaker

19 August 2021

A Special sitting of the National Assembly (NA) has elected Ms Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula as new Speaker of the House this afternoon.

The sitting, which only had one agenda item, 'nomination of the speaker', was held under Section 52(1) of the Constitution that states that the NA "must elect a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker from among its members" whenever a vacancy occurs. Ms Mapisa-Nqakula, an African National Congress Member of Parliament, received 199 votes while the Democratic Alliance (DA) 's nominee, Dr Annelie Lotriet, bagged 82 votes with 17 votes spoilt. This represents a 66.8% of Members of Parliament present physically in Parliament as required by the Constitution.

The Constitution provides that the NA is elected to represent the people and ensure government by the people under the Constitution. The NA does this by choosing the President, providing a national forum for public consideration, passing legislation, and scrutinising and overseeing executive action. The Speaker is responsible for providing political leadership and strategic direction to the NA and exercising impartiality in carrying out these duties.

Ms Mapisa-Nqakula, who hails from the Eastern Cape, is a seasoned legislator who brings a wealth of experience to the position - having been a Member of Parliament from 1999. She has held various positions, including being the Chief whip of the ANC in 2001 and Chairperson of the Joint Standing on Intelligence and Defence. Ms Mapisa-Nqakula has served as a member of the Executive for nearly two-decades, as a Deputy and Minister of Home Affairs, Correctional Services, and Defence and Military Veterans.

Gender and women issues are close to her heart, and she was a founding member of the East London Domestic Workers Association in the 1980s. A fearless anti-apartheid struggle activist, Ms Mapisa-Nqakula has dedicated her time and efforts to the liberation of the oppressed people of South Africa. She served in various structures of the ANC and was a National organiser, Secretary General and President of the Women's League and member of its National Executive Committee of the ANC.

She is the seventh Speaker since the dawn of democracy, six of whom were women Speaker’s. The first NA Speaker of SA’s democratic Parliament was Dr Frene Ginwala. She served until 2004, and Ms Baleka Mbete succeeded her until 25 September 2008. Ms Mbete became Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa when Mr Kgalema Motlanthe was President. Ms Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde became Speaker in 2008 until the 2009 election, after which Mr Max Sisulu became Speaker until 2014. Ms Mbete returned as NA Speaker in the fifth democratic Parliament, established after the 2014 election. She served until 2019, when Ms Thandi Modise succeeded her as Speaker, after the 2019 election.

The election of Speaker Mapisa-Nqakula today reaffirmed the Parliament of South Africa as one of the leading parliaments in Africa and the world in terms of women representation and leadership, being placed second and tenth respectively by the international body of Parliaments, the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

In her inaugural speech as the Speaker, Ms Mapisa-Nqakula described Parliament as the last line of defence of the country's constitutional democracy. She urged all parties to collaborate in service to the people of South Africa, and pledged to ensure that fairness and integrity of Parliament is protected and promoted without fear of favour.

Issued by Moloto Mothapo on behalf of Parliament, 19 August 2021
 

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I know that this is a credentials thread, hence I added, 'my congratulations', but the EFF didn't participate in the special sitting. As expected, and as anticipated, the ANC did collectively elect Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as Speaker.
 

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