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Ministers must be sanctioned for contempt of Parliament for non-attendance

The Democratic Alliance has written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, requesting that Cabinet Ministers who were not present in the National Assembly to respond to members’ statements be sanctioned for contempt of Parliament. On Thursday, 8 March 2018, Members of Parliament were scheduled to deliver members’ statements in the National Assembly…

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ANC does about turn on DA’s urgent debate on Fees crisis

I have again written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, to request a debate on the Fees Commission Report as soon as possible. The Report was not debated yesterday despite a debate having been agreed to. On 14 November 2017, I wrote to the Speaker requesting a debate on the Report, which…

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Time for a Comprehensive Spending Review

The following speech was delivered by the DA Shadow Minister of Finance, David Maynier MP, during the debate on the 2017 Revised Fiscal Framework in the National Assembly today. 1. Introduction The Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, revealed the full horror of President Jacob Zuma’s disastrous mismanagement of the economy when he delivered his medium-term…

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We will not allow Parliament to become one of the “President’s Keepers”

The following statement was delivered today by DA Leader Mmusi Maimane, at a press briefing in Parliament, Cape Town. Maimane was joined by DA Federal Executive Chairperson, James Selfe, and DA Chief Whip, John Steenhuisen. Last week Thursday, President Jacob Zuma appeared before Parliament in his last oral question session for the year, and quite…

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The ANC government is failing our children, is failing us

The following remarks were delivered by DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Police, Dianne Kohler Barnard MP, during the debate on murder in the National Assembly today. Why are we as a nation no longer outraged by murder? At the very moment South Africans were protesting yesterday, two farmers were murdered. One in Deneysville, brutally beaten…

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DA urges MPs to support motion for early election

The DA calls on all Members of Parliament to support our motion calling for early elections as per Section 50(1) of the Constitution, which will be debated in the National Assembly today, 5 September. This is an opportunity for MPs to do the right thing and put the people of South Africa first. On 8…

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Public Protector gives David Mahlobo a pass for lying to Parliament

The DA is deeply disappointed that the Public Protector, Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane, has chosen to absolve the Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo, despite unequivocal evidence that he lied to Parliament. We do not accept this attempt to explain away Mahlobo’s blatant lies and his deliberate attempt to mislead the Legislature. We look forward to…

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