Motion to remove Mbete ‘a futile and stillborn debate’ – ANC


The African National Congress (ANC) has said that it will not support a motion to be tabled before Parliament this afternoon to remove National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete. (Read more about it here.)  

“The African National Congress has noted that the National Assembly will today debate the frivolous motion of no confidence being brought against the Speaker of the National Assembly, Comrade Baleka Mbete.

This conduct is nothing but an empty political ploy designed to undermine the Constitution and defocus Parliament from its work,” said ANC Spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa.

He argues that the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa states that "At the first sitting after its election, or when necessary to fill a vacancy, the National Assembly must elect a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker from among its members."

“It is therefore a futile and stillborn debate that the Speaker is partisan. Indeed she is drawn from the ranks of serving Members of Parliament, all of whom represent political parties,” he says.

“The Speaker is the leader of the House and her role is to enforce its rules, she further provides political leadership and strategic direction to the House.

“We are confident that these are constitutional and institutional mandates that Comrade Baleka Mbete has performed in an exemplary fashion, exercising the required impartiality at all times.”

He concluded by saying; “The African National Congress reaffirms its confidence in the Speaker and we commend her for the tough stance she is taking to protect and defend Parliament from descending into chaos driven by an unprincipled coalition whose sole defining feature is a common contempt for the ANC and its leadership.”

Photo caption: The ANC will stand by National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, this afternoon when opposition prties parties will seek to remove her. Image: SABC.