DA Chief Whip blasts ruling party over “meagre” Parli questions

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 23, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has lashed out at the African National Congress (ANC) for what it described as failing to hold the executive accountable, by asking a meagre number of questions in Parliament.

Speaking in a statement, DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said the party’s National Assembly caucus submitted 3 300 questions to the executive this year, compared to the ANC’s 39.

“Considering the numerous social, economic and environmental crises currently facing South Africa, one cannot imagine a suitable excuse for the ANC’s poor scrutiny of the executive over the past year,” Steenhuisen said.

He also stated that the low question submissions shows that MP’s form the ruling party care more about their pay checks than the oath of Parliament, adding that an explanation to the country is needed from ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani.