Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma
has been petitioned to
not sign five bills into law, the DA said on Friday.
"The DA has petitioned President Jacob Zuma - under Section
79 of the Constitution - on five unconstitutional pieces of legislation that
the ANC had rushed through Parliament’s legislative process," DA MP Wilmot
The contested bills include the Infrastructure development
bill, which is aimed at speeding up strategic projects.
The legislation will give statutory powers to a
presidential infrastructure co-ordination commission, which includes the
president, Cabinet ministers, and premiers designated by him.
"The broad and largely unfettered discretionary
powers afforded to the minister in Section 21 create much uncertainty,"
"The bill also contains problematic clauses that
removes the powers of all organs of state responsible for planning in their
area [municipal or provincial authorities] and ignores the constitutionally
mandated functions of provinces and local authorities."
The DA believes the bill will pave the way for another Nkandla
The party petitioned Zuma to stop the enactment of a bill
that will see the land restitution process being re-opened. The restitution of
land rights amendment bill sets a new deadline for land claims to 31 December
The DA said the bill was at odds with the Constitution.
"Section 25 of the Constitution protects the right
to property, but also makes allowances and sets guidelines for the restitution
of land to those who were dispossessed by discriminatory laws," James
The public administration management bill is also being
opposed by the DA on the grounds that its passage through the National Assembly
was "procedurally flawed" as no second reading debate took place
before it was adopted.
The DA views the property valuation bill as unconstitutional
as it did not go to the National Council of Provinces for approval.
"This bill should have been tagged as a S76 bill,
as it may affect the financial interests of provinces," James said.
The DA views the processes leading up to the passing of
the mineral and petroleum resources development amendment bill as flawed.
The bill seeks, among other things, to allow the state a
20% free stake in all new energy projects, as well as allowing it to buy an
unspecified additional share at an "agreed price".
"This bill will have disastrous consequences for job
creation in South Africa and we have opposed it from its inception," James
"The National Council of Provinces did not engage in
proper public consultation."