Speaker in court over corruption allegations

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The Speaker of Parliament, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court soon in connection with alleged bribes of around R2.3 million that she is believed to have received during her term as Minister of Defence.

The independent investigation directorate did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation that Mapisa-Nqakula reported to the Pretoria Central police station on Friday morning. Newsroom Afrika reports that she will appear in court at 09:00.

The speaker had earlier denied reports that she was going to hand herself over to the police and said that neither she nor her legal team had received any official notification of an arrest warrant or communication in this regard. Her legal team did indicate to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) that Mapsia-Nqakula is ready to comply and cooperate “if the need arises”.

She also indicated in an earlier statement that she is going on special leave as speaker. This decision was also communicated to the ANC.

In response, the ruling party said it was taking note of the special leave because of the actions and actions against her.

“The ANC will enforce its integrity and stand aside policy based on the facts as they come to light,” said Mahlengi Bengu-Motsiri, ANC spokesperson.

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On Thursday, Rise Mzansi demanded that Mapisa-Nqakula resign before midnight. That deadline has come and gone. Boitumelo Mpakanyane, the party’s head of internal democracy, says the dignity and prestige of parliament suffers with every hour that Mapisa-Nqakula still holds office.

“Parliament has been subjected to the whims of the ruling party for the past 30 years. There are plenty of records of this. From the days when the arms deal was covered up, to the dissolution of the Scorpions, the years of protection for (former) Pres. Jacob Zuma and the Guptas and more recently the failed attempt to impeach Pres. To hold Cyril Ramaphosa accountable for the dollars hidden in his furniture on the Phala Phala farm,” says Mpakanyane.

The party says parliament is supposed to be the voice of the people, but has been silenced by the current government.

“The developments surrounding the speaker are also an indication of the ruling party’s lack of judgment and respect for parliament. When Mapisa-Nqakula was removed from the cabinet, she showed that she was not qualified to hold public office. The allegations of corruption against her were already known by a whistleblower who implicated her.”

Rise Mzansi says there is no greater proof that the country needs new leaders.

“If Mapisa-Nqakula is arrested while she holds the office of speaker of the National Assembly, it will be an indictment against her conscience and a clear indication of the ruling party’s high tolerance for corruption. In this case, not even the standing aside rule is sufficient; there must be a complete break with the office.”