Parliament: Agang’s comments over Speaker “untrue”


Parliament has denied claims by Agang SA Parliamentary leader, Andries Tlouamma, that it was delaying a court application for the removal of National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

On Tuesday, Tlouamma, whose party along with the Congress of the People (COPE) and United Democratic Movement (UDM) submitted the motion to the Western Cape High Court, told News24 that Mbete was “unfit to hold office” and that the case, which has since been postponed till August, was of national importance.

“Before our application was to be heard [on Tuesday] the legal team of the Speaker submitted that they wanted the case to be postponed because they wanted to prepare,” Tlouamma was quoted as saying.

In a statement yesterday, Parliament stated that Tlouamma’s remarks were “untrue” and that its legal team rejected the motion due the all three parties’ failure to submit a notice to the High Court registrar.

“[The court] also rejected the applicants’ alternative argument that it was in the interests of justice to dispense with the notice requirement and proceed with the case without giving interested persons and civil society a chance to participate”, the statement read.

In March, Tlouamma abruptly retracted a motion of confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma due to Mbete presiding over the case. His decision, eight minutes into the sitting, received widespread criticism from opposition parties with the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) accusing him of wasting Parliament and the country’s time.


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