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Parliament - Former African Union Commission Chair Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has been sworn-in as a member of Parliament. 

Dlamini Zuma was sworn in on Thursday by deputy speaker of the National Assembly Lechesa Tsenoli. 

She is replacing former MP Pule Mabe who left to peruse personal interests. 

When asked if she would become a Cabinet minister following her swearing-in, Dlamini Zuma said she was not aware of plans for her to join President Jacob Zuma's cabinet.

"I have been informed by the office of the chief whip and the ANC secretary-general that I am coming here to be a member of Parliament. They have not told me anything else. As far as I know that's what I have come here to be an MP," said Dlamini Zuma.

The former minister's deployment to Parliament has been received with mixed views with many speculating that her move to Parliament would pave the way for her to be appointed as a Cabinet minister. 

It was reported a few weeks ago that President Zuma was planning to reshuffle his Cabinet and fire Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande and replace him with Dlamini Zuma. 

Another ANC member that was sworn-in is former Rustenburg mayor Matthew Wolmarans. He is replacing Brian Molefe who served a short stint as an MP earlier this year. 

Wolmarans was convicted for the murder of a Rustenburg local municipality councillor Mos Phakoe in 2009. But he has since being acquitted.

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