ANC chief whip supports call on rules

2013-01-02 14:04
Mathole Motshekga (Picture: GCIS)

Mathole Motshekga (Picture: GCIS)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The office of the ANC chief whip on Wednesday voiced support for a call by Speaker Max Sisulu for political parties to exhaust Parliament's internal dispute resolution processes before going to court.

"It is our observation that this increasing new tendency to run to courts is symptomatic of a general lack of knowledge or misinterpretation of the rules of Parliament," Mathole Motshekga's office said.

Sisulu last week urged parties to use the current review of the parliamentary rules to voice their grievances, rather than go to court.

The Speaker recalled he had instituted a comprehensive review of the rules to align them with the Constitution, and said the process had "begun in earnest".

Opposition parties in November sought a court order forcing Parliament to debate a no confidence motion in President Jacob Zuma before the end of that month.

It was rejected by both the Western Cape High Court and the Constitutional Court.

However, Judge Dennis Davis, in his ruling in the High Court, found the parliamentary rules lacked the necessary mechanism to resolve a deadlock as such that occurred over the scheduling of the debate.

But he held it was not for the court to dictate to Parliament how to conduct its business, and also warned there was a danger of drawing "the judiciary into every and all political disputes".

Motshekga's office said it agreed with Sisulu that parties must use the rules review to air their grievances, and contribute to fixing any gap that might exist in that framework.

It added that once the process was complete, Parliament should consider running a compulsory workshop for MPs on its revised rules.

"We are hopeful that this will go a long way in cushioning Parliament against unnecessary, hostile political battles, which result in abuse of the courts."

- SAPA
Read more on:    mathole motshekga  |  dennis davis  |  max sisulu  |  cape town  |  politics
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
26 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport
 

3 must-do trail runs

If you love trail running, you have to put these on your bucket list.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Climbing the world’s largest stone arch
Awesome extreme sports people
Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route
Watch: Insane road bike skills!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Junior Night Auditor

Cape Winelands
Vine Recruitment

Human Resources Officer

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
Switch Consultants (Pty) Ltd
R25 000 - R28 000 Per Month

Senior Millwright

Cape Town
Communicate Cape Town Engineering
R300 000 - R360 000 Per Year

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

One day only! – 40% off Appliances!

Get 40% off 100’s of appliances at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong desire to be self sufficient, right and in control today. There is a tendency to hold on too tightly to your...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.