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S. Africa's Parliament Speaker Resigns Amid Corruption Probe

Thu 04 Apr 2024 | 10:15 AM
Israa Farhan

The President of South Africa's Parliament, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, facing corruption charges, has resigned, as announced by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party on Wednesday, just two months before crucial legislative elections.

The party stated, "The African National Congress can confirm that the resignation letter of Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has been officially received."

They further expressed appreciation for her commitment "to preserving its image" by stepping down before being asked to do so.

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, 67, who has chaired the parliament since 2021, and has been a member of the influential National Executive Committee of the African National Congress since the end of apartheid, was accused of receiving substantial cash amounts from a military contractor during her tenure as Defense Minister (2014-2021).

A court rejected an emergency appeal from the Parliament Chief, paving the way for the possibility of her arrest.

After a search of her home two weeks ago, Mapisa-Nqakula filed an appeal in an attempt to avoid arrest, which she described as "illegal" in light of the "weak" evidence gathered against her.