Pietermaritzburg - Opposition parties have raised questions over the election of Mluleki Ndobe as the new KwaZulu-Natal Legislature Deputy Speaker, saying his recent brush with the law warranted him being omitted for nomination by the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
Ndobe was recently arrested and spent over a week in police custody on suspicion of involvement in the murder of former ANC Youth League Secretary General Sindiso Magaqa. The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) all agreed that Ndobe should not have accepted the position.
EFF leader Vusi Khoza said the newly elected deputy speaker still had to convince everyone about his innocence.
"He should have taken the cue from other ANC colleagues such as Malusi Gigaba and Nomvula Mokonyane who declined nomination because they realised the enormity of the clouds hanging over them," said Khoza.
He added that while they believed in the principle of innocent until proven guilty the charges that he faced were very serious.