Mapisa-Nqakula’s head demanded

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The DA has requested the speaker of the National Assembly, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, to resign following reports that the NPA raided her home in Bruma, Johannesburg.

RNews earlier reported that members of the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) investigation directorate carried out the raid on Tuesday. Damning allegations of corruption have recently been raised against Mapisa-Nqakula.

The speaker is accused of accepting R2.3 million in bribes in the form of so-called gift packages from a service provider of the army during her time as minister of defense and military veterans. The allegations are currently being investigated by parliament’s ethics committee.

Siviwe Gwarube, chief whip of the DA, says that as the head of the legislature in South Africa, Mapisa-Nqakula’s office carries great responsibility. “The rules of parliament regard the speaker as someone who represents the dignity and good name of the house.”

Gwarube says the raid is related to corruption allegations of a very serious nature and it is contrary to the rules of parliament.

“To maintain the public’s trust in the institution, Mapisa-Nqakula must resign. She cannot be trusted in this high office. It is important that those who hold such positions maintain the highest standards of integrity and accountability. The speaker is expected to lead by example and make sure that members of the executive council and parliament live up to their oath of office.”

The DA warns the parliament and the ethics committee to speed up their investigation.

‘Speaker must step aside’

Dr. Pieter Groenewald, leader of the FF Plus, will also want to see that the Falcons complete their investigation quickly and thoroughly.

“South Africa’s public has the right to know the truth about the matter. As speaker, Mapisa-Nqakula should stand aside immediately, as the complaints are related to her integrity.”

Groenewald says that by remaining in the post while the investigation is ongoing, the integrity of the parliament will also be affected.

“A Speaker serves as a symbol of integrity, honesty, respect and accountability of the parliament. It is precisely all these aspects that are now in jeopardy.”