Mbete refuses to recuse herself from sitting in Parliament

2016-04-05 16:16
(Jenni Evans, News24)

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You're a constitutional illiterate - EFF to Mbete

2016-04-05 15:12

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi lashed out at Speaker Baleka Mbete.WATCH

Cape Town – Speaker Baleka Mbete has not recused herself from the debate on the removal of President Jacob Zuma from office.

This after MPs spent more than 30 minutes debating whether Mbete should recuse herself from the sitting.

The National Assembly is debating a motion to remove Zuma from office, in terms of Section 89 of the Constitution.

This follows last week's Constitutional Court ruling that Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he did not comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial action regarding the non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

The House took a  break for over an hour for whips and Mbete to consult on whether she should recuse herself from the sitting.

When she came back, Mbete said parties should be able to work together.

She called for the business of the day to continue.

"We should be able to differ, without resorting to unbecoming language."

She said the role of the speaker was to preside over the proceedings and apply the rules.

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said they had argued in the meeting that this would set a bad precedent in the country.

EFF leader Julius Malema warned that the speaker would receive court papers for refusing to recuse herself from the proceedings.

Opposition parties, including the DA, EFF, UDM, NFP, FF Plus, had called for Mbete to step down from the sitting, as she was one of the respondents in Constitutional Court case.

EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi called Mbete a "constitutional illiterate", while the FF+ said she should recuse herself as it was the right thing to do.

The IFP said the gravity of the court decision brought Mbete's impartiality into question.

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  baleka mbete  |  parliament 2016  |  nkandla upgrade  |  politics

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