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'Untouchable' MEC undermines Eastern Cape legislature - DA

Oct 10, 2017
'Untouchable' MEC undermines Eastern Cape legislature - DA

The Eastern Cape MEC for Social Development, Nancy Sihlwayi, has no regard for the Constitution of South Africa and the Standing Rules of the Provincial Legislature, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Tuesday.

"She has failed to answer Parliamentary written questions posed by me on behalf of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the electorate since July 2017," said Kobus Botha, the DA's Eastern Cape Shadow MEC for Social Development.

He said that the MEC's deviance of Rule 184 (1) of the Standing Rules of the Legislature requires the Speaker, Noxolo Kiviet, to implement Rule 184 (3) to force MEC Sihlwayi, to provide reasons as to why she broke the rules of Parliament, as the Constitution demands legislative oversight of Executive Members and their respective departments.

"The written questions which I posed to her in regards to the management of the Department of Social Development are very important and were blatantly ignored for four consecutive months," Botha added.

"My questions relate to Non-Profit Organisations and Non-Government Organisations that render essential services to the most vulnerable in our society. 

"I have written a letter to Noxolo Kiviet, the Speaker of the Legislature, to inform her of the breach and to take action against MEC Nancy Sihlwayi in this regard. For my letter, click here"

Botha said that MEC Sihlwayi might not be the only ANC MEC that has turned their backs on the Constitution and the Standing Rules, "as various other members of parliament are also complaining of similar incidents".

"This has become a trend that threatens the system of democracy.

"ANC MECs are becoming untouchables as they fail to respect and respond timeously to our questions," he described.