South Africa: parliament to soon appoint new secretary

South Africa: parliament to soon appoint new secretary. [Image: Courtesy]
CAPE TOWN, South Africa — National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise has said that parliament is hoping to soon wrap up the appointment of a new secretary for the legislative assembly.

Modise said that they are in talks with the top candidate who was among shortlisted applicants for the position.

“We actually came up with three top candidates and we are still now finalizing the negotiations because the person who came number one is actually where we are stuck. We are trying to negotiate a package. We should be able to finalize this within the next few days.” She said.

The quest for the top job comes after the exit of former secretary Gengezi Mgidlana who was fired in August 2019.

Parliament was prompted to redo the interviews following the withdrawal of potential candidates who had been shortlisted in the initial interview.

Modise told the MPs that the EFF did not turn up as one of the parties that was designated to participate in the interview process.

She also said that they had to adjust the salary for the position the National legislature’s Secretary.

“We had to rework the salary, scale down to bring it in line with that of all heads of departments in this country. It had to come down to R2.4 million, just like what other directors- general are earning in the country,” Modise said.

The salary adjustment was made after parliament discovered that Mgidlana was the highest paid person   in The South African public service during his appointment.

Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Amos Masondo said the need to speed up the matter and finalize it as soon as on Friday is clear to everybody.