No confidence motion against ‘ANC goggles’ Baleka Mbete will continue

2014-09-24 16:27

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The Democratic Alliance says it will continue its battle to get rid of parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete.

“We will continue to fight for a neutral speaker that can fairly implement the rules of the house,” DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said today in a Heritage Day speech at Constitution Hill in Joburg.

Maimane described Mbete as donning “ANC goggles”.

“Every decision she makes goes through a filter: Will this benefit the ANC, or not?”

Maimane said that when Parliament resumed for its third term in mid-October; his party would again seek a motion of no confidence – this time with a secret ballot.

Earlier this month, an attempt to vote for the motion failed when opposition leaders walked out of Parliament after ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani sought to table an amendment which would have seen the vote of no confidence turn into one of confidence in the speaker instead.

Since there was still a quorum – because of the ANC’s majority – the vote on the original motion then went ahead; with the result of 234 votes against the motion of no confidence, and none in favour.

At the time, along with the DA, the Economic Freedom Fighters and the United Democratic Movement, spoke out in favour of unseating Mbete.

Maimane also said today that the party would fight for “respect and decorum” to ensure “robust, yet respectful debate” could occur.

He dismissed previous remarks by ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe that Parliament had descended into chaos.

“Parliament is a place of strength ... To the ANC today I say you are just scared of strong opposition. You are running away from it,” said Maimane.

Nevertheless, Maimane also took aim at the EFF, suggesting that “the DA could equally arrive in Parliament, wearing blue overalls, and bang loudly on our desks. But that would achieve nothing.”

The EFF is famous for wearing red overalls and pinafores in Parliament and the often spirited challenges to rulings during parliamentary sessions.

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