President Jacob Zuma has requested the Speaker of the National Assembly, Max Sisulu, to appoint General Siphiwe Nyanda (rtd) as the President’s Parliamentary Counsellor (PC) in the National Assembly with immediate effect.
The Presidency says in a statement that Nyanda, sacked last month as communications minister, will be Zuma’s personal representative in Parliament, “keeping him abreast regarding developments and providing advice on the course of action required on issues.” In terms of the Constitution Zuma is not a member of the National Assembly. Zuma’s previous PC, Ayanda Dlodlo, was promoted Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration in the same reshuffle that saw Nyanda fired.
Nyanda will now manage the Zuma’s liaison with presiding officers and structures in Parliament as well as relations with leaders of political parties represented in Parliament.
“I look forward to this deployment and the opportunity to contribute to strengthening relations between Parliament and the Executive,” Nyanda was quoted saying in the statement. “I am also encouraged by the President’s determination to promote good working relations with political parties represented in Parliament. We have to further develop these relations so that we can identify and highlight issues that are in the national interest, that we can work on together”.
Nyanda has worked as a journalist, served as the Chief of the South African National Defence Force from 1998 to 2005 and as Chief of Staff of the ANC’s military wing, uMkhonto Wesizwe.
“President Zuma welcomed General Nyanda to the Presidency and wished him well on his new appointment,” the statement said.