DA Federal Chairperson James Selfe on Monday dismissed media reports alleging the party created the position of Deputy Federal Council for member of Parliament Natasha Mazzone.
Selfe acknowledged that the confusion coming from Mazzone’s election may have been the result of the DA Federal Congress announcing only one Deputy Chairperson.
He was responding to weekend media reports that the party’s Gauteng member of the provincial legislature (MPL) Khume Ramulifho wrote to him challenging Mazzone’s installation and also threatened to take the party to court if it persisted with keeping Mazzone in her position.
During the Federal Congress two weeks ago, Selfe said the congress resolved to amend section 188.8.131.52 of the Federal Constitution, to state that two members would serve as Deputy Chairpersons of the FedCo and in another section it also stated that these office bearers must be elected during the Federal Congress.
“FedCo on 6 April 2018 resolved that voting in this election would take place on Sunday 8 April 2018, subject to the approval by Congress of the creation of two Deputy Chairpersons.
“This meant that two Deputy Chairpersons of FedCo would be elected if Congress adopted that amendment to the Federal Constitution,” Selfe said.
Selfe said in order to in order to seek clarity, the matter was taken to the Federal Legal Commission (FLC), which is a party structure with power and authority to interpret the Federal Constitution and decide on the legality or otherwise of any meeting, action, election or resolution by any party structure.
“FLC resolved that the position of a second Deputy Chairperson of the Federal Council is to be filled by way of the result of the vote that took place on 8 April 2018 during Federal Congress.”
He said it was is important to note that the purported decision to task FedCo with the election of a second Deputy Chairperson at its next meeting was at no stage framed as an enabling amendment in determining that he/ she be elected during the meeting of Congress.