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South Africa’s Parliament Speaker Resigns Amid Corruption Allegations

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South Africa‘s National Assembly Speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, has stepped down from her position following corruption accusations.

The National Prosecuting Authority announced intentions to charge Mapisa-Nqakula with corruption, alleging she received bribes totaling $135,000 from a defense contractor during her tenure as defense minister.

Mapisa-Nqakula, a member of the African National Congress, resigned, asserting her innocence and stating her decision aims to focus on addressing the ongoing investigation against her.

Media reports detail specific instances where Mapisa-Nqakula allegedly received significant sums and gifts, including one incident at the country’s main airport.

The African National Congress faces a challenging year with upcoming elections amidst high unemployment rates and public outcry over corruption scandals involving some party members.

After losing her court bid to prevent arrest, it remains unclear whether Mapisa-Nqakula will surrender to authorities or face detention following her resignation.

Rachel Adams

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