Former North West Premiere, Thandi Modise
was official sworn-in today as the new chairperson of the National Council of Provinces
(NCOP), at a swearing-in ceremony of the NCOP members in parliament.
Modise was appointed without contestation.
Delivering her first speech as the chairperson of the NCOP, Modise praised the
outgoing chairperson, Mninawa Mahlangu for his leadership. She has indicated
that she is looking forward to better partnership between the house and the
provinces to ensure integrated development which embraces the reality and
totality of challenges faced in the provinces.
“Under the leadership of the former
chairperson, this institution has distinguished itself as a major contributor
to the national debate on the type of future we should fashion for our
children,” Modise said.
Meanwhile, Raseriti Johannes Tau was
elected as the permanent deputy chairperson of the NCOP. In 2004, Tau was
deployed to serve as a permanent delegate of the NCOP in the third democratic
parliament, where he served as chairperson of the select committee on Public
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