Opposition parties 'day dreaming'on Mbete ousting bid: Deputy Minister Maphatsoe

NOVEMBER 17, 2014

Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe has said that opposition parties are "day dreaming" if they believe they'll be able to force National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete out of her job.

This follows the chaos that erupted in Parliament last week, which led to armed public order police being called into the National Assembly to restore order.

Mbete lost control of the house on Thursday night, when opposition parties clashed during a debate on the Nkandla ad-hoc committee’s report. 

The committee found that President Jacob Zuma is not responsible for the overspending on upgrades to his KwaZulu-Natal home.

But Maphatsoe says Mbete has the full backing of the African National Congress (ANC).

"The opposition party must wait for another five years to see whether they can have a majority in Parliament. We have confidence in the leadership of Baleka Mbete. They can make their noise, its fine."

Democratic Alliance's (DA) Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane at the weekend accused the Parliamentary speaker of failing to do her job. 

"Baleka Mbete has consistently favoured the ANC over opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) and is clearly executing Luthuli House's agenda."

The DA believes Mbete has lost control of the house and destroyed her credibility.

Photo caption: NOT GOING ANYWHERE… National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete.