ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu has instructed all of the party’s 249 MPs to attend Thursday’s special sitting of the national assembly to elect a new president of the country.
Mthembu said he had called “a three-line whip‚” which means no ANC MP is allowed to be absent‚ unless under exceptional circumstances. Mthembu spoke to journalists after a meeting of the party’s parliamentary caucus‚ which was called to prepare for the 2pm sitting.
“The three-line whip was called long before yesterday‚ so all members of the ANC have been called in and all of them are here‚ except those of course who cannot be here because of illness and so on‚” he said.
“I am confident that we’ll have almost all ANC MPs in attendance here. We have done headcounts [because] it’s my duty to do headcounts of all. So caucus is confident that everybody will be here‚ except those who‚ for very good reasons‚ can’t be here. Like one or two who are abroad.” Read more