New DA MPL joins EC legislature at eleventh hour

New DA MPL joins EC legislature at eleventh hour

Fezeka Mbiko has been sworn in at the Provincial Legislatuare in Bhisho on Tuesday. She takes over from party colleague Celeste Barker, who has been boarded. Picture: Supplied

Fezeka Mbiko was sworn in at the Provincial Legislature in Bhisho today. She takes over from her medical boarded party colleague Celeste Barker.

With just over two months before the end of the term for fifth administration, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has appointed a new Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL).

Fezeka Mbiko was sworn in at the Provincial Legislature in Bhisho today. She takes over from her medical boarded party colleague Celeste Barker.

Mbiko received a warm welcome from the members of provincial legislature.

DA provincial leader Nqaba Banga said that Barker remains an MPL, but is unable to perform her duties due to an illness that cannot be disclosed at this stage.

DA chief whip Marshall von Buchenroder said, before her appointment to the Legislature, Mbiko served as a councillor and has been working for Eastern Cape Development Cooperation.

Mbiko was sworn in by the Speaker of the Province, Noxolo Kiviet.

Commenting on the development, the African National Congress chief whip, Fundile Gade, said: “We are pleased that the DA has appointed a woman considering that the party does not have a gender equality policy.”

African News Agency (ANA)

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