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DA’s ethics ecommittee submission a publicity stunt - ANC

By Charl Bosch - Apr 8, 2016
DA’s ethics ecommittee submission a publicity stunt - ANC

The African National Congress (ANC) has reportedly branded the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) decision to report its MP’s to Parliament’s Ethics Committee, as “bizarre” and “nothing but a publicity stunt”.

In a statement on Thursday, DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said the ruling party acted in contradiction of the Constitution when it used to majority in Parliament to dismiss the motion of impeachment against President Jacob Zuma earlier this week, and that its blaming of Parliament’s legal advisors for the matter were uncalled for.

“The ANC are undoubtedly complicit in this unlawful resolution being passed by Parliament, the subsequent flouting of the Constitution and possible violation of Section 4.1 of the Code of Ethical Conduct and Disclosure of Members’ Interests for Assembly and Permanent Council Members,” Steenhuisen said.

“While [ANC Chief Whip Jackson] Mthembu’s claims that, ‘the ANC did not use their majority to do something wrong’ are debatable, it is quite clear that the ANC [on Wednesday] used its majority in Parliament to condone something that was, and not the first time”.

Rebuking Steenhuisen’s remarks, Mthembu’s spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said it comes as no surprise that the DA would seek to gain “maximum political capital out of the Constitutional Court judgment”, that only “makes a mockery of serious parliamentary committees”.

“It is unheard of anywhere in the world that MPs would be penalised for fulfilling their parliamentary duties merely because certain decisions of parliament are, from time to time, set aside after a judicial review,” Mothapo said.

“If the DA’s bizarre logic was to be believed, history would be replete with thousands of MPs of various parties, who as part of Parliament, passed pieces of legislation or other decisions which were later overturned by the Courts. [This] latest stunt totally makes no sense and is unworthy of the ethics committee’s time”.

Last week, the Constitutional Court ruled that Zuma not only violated the country’s Constitution by ignoring the remedial actions of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report, but that Parliament also failed to hold him accountable by siding with the report of Police Minister Nathi Nhleko.