“Cancellation of Parliament sittings shows contempt for its function”- DA


The Democratic Alliance (DA) has hit out at Parliament for the cancellation of three National Assembly sittings this week, as well as a number of scheduled Portfolio briefings.

Speaking in a statement, party Deputy Chief Whip Mike Waters said the sudden withdrawal amounted to nothing but “spin classes” in prioritising a Chairperson’s Media and Communication workshop, in favour of what he described as “urgent briefings” such as the recommendations of the Farlam Committee, a briefing by National Treasury and plans on averting a pending strike action.

“This workshop could have taken place over the weekend or during the up-coming recess period and not disturbed Parliament’s schedule and workload,” he said.

“We will request that this decision be brought before the Parliamentary Oversight Authority, and that the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, explain how she thinks that these ‘spin classes’ are more important than the numerous important issues before Parliament’s portfolio committees”.

Waters also stated that the decision merely amounted to the ruling African National Congress (ANC) abusing its majority “to stall Parliament’s work” and that they don’t take its “oversight responsibilities seriously”.


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