Thandi Modise set to don the role of Madam Speaker

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Former National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson Thandi Modise is expected to be sworn in as speaker of the National Assembly on Wednesday, after receiving the governing party's backing on Monday.

Modise – the first female Umkhonto we Sizwe member to be incarcerated during the struggle in the 1970s – will now succeed Baleka Mbete as the head of the sixth democratic Parliament. Along with other 399 incoming members of the sixth Parliament, she will file into the National Assembly at 10:30 on Wednesday, and will take the oaths of affirmation, led by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

On Monday, the ANC announced that it would nominate her as the speaker of the National Assembly when it sits on Wednesday, an announcement expected and welcomed by many in the ANC, with some describing her as firm but fair.

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