JOHANNESBURG- The Democratic Alliance (DA)’s federal council has moved to clarify that its second deputy federal chairperson Natasha Mazzone was elected and not appointed as reportedly stated by a senior member.

DA has said the Sunday Times report alleged that Mazzone was appointed to the position without an election but they have dismissed the claim, and DA James Selfe said they had been somewhat of a “confusion.”

He explained in a statement on Sunday, “During the Federal Congress which took place on 7 and 8 April 2018, Congress resolved to amend section of the Federal Constitution to the effect that two members would serve as Deputy Chairpersons of the FedCo,”

“In terms of another section of the Federal Constitution these office bears must be elected during the Federal Congress.

“This meant that two Deputy Chairpersons of FedCo would be elected if Congress adopted that amendment to the Federal Constitution,”

“[The] FLC resolved that ‘the position of a second Deputy Chairperson of the Federal Council is to be filled by way of the result of the vote that took place on 8 April 2018 during Federal Congress’,”

DA’s Mabine Seabe concluded, “But in order to seek clarity on this matter given that the amendment was adopted when voting was closed, the matter was referred to the FLC and as such, the FLC of the Democratic Alliance felt that the position of deputy chairperson should be filled by the federal congress, which is the party’s highest decision making body.”

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