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Hattingh moves to the NCOP

Former DA leader in the province Chris Hattingh has left the provincial legislature to join the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in Cape Town.

Hattingh served as a member of the provincial legislature for about 17 years and he stands as the longest serving member of the institution.

Legislature speaker, Sussana Dantjie bid farewell to Hattingh during a sitting yesterday. She described him as a person who served the legislature with distinction.

“You were the longest serving member of this provincial legislature and you served it with distinction. Hopefully, you will continue to raise the flag of this province at NCOP,” she said.

Speaking on behalf of the ANC, Mahlakeng Mahlakeng said Hattingh was somebody who had actually taught him and most of the members of the provincial legislature a lot in terms of their operations.

“We have learnt a lot from his vast experience in this legislature, we are actually losing institutional memory.

“Quite often we would go back and ask him how they actually did something, in the years before we came to the legislature. He’s served with all the premiers we’ve had in this province.

I am actually sympathising with the EFF because they are still new in their role as opposition and now he is leaving them poorer,” he said.