ANC: DA ConCourt loss a victory

2013-08-27 14:14
(Dan Calderwood, News24)

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Johannesburg - The ANC said the Constitutional Court’s decision on Tuesday to dismiss the motion of no confidence case brought by the Democratic Alliance was “a victory for the rule of law and the doctrine of separation of powers”.

The court dismissed the DA’s case against the speaker of the National Assembly and the chief whip of the ANC with costs.

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, supported by seven other opposition parties, tabled the motion on 8 November, but National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu later adjourned a programming committee meeting without the debate being scheduled.

This was because no consensus had been reached.

The DA took the matter to the Western Cape High Court where it was dismissed by Judge Dennis Davis.

The ANC said in a statement that it was firmly of the view that the motion should not have been brought to court as it is a political dispute that can be resolved by parties within Parliament.

“The judiciary should not be placed in an uncomfortable position of interfering in internal affairs of an independent arm of the state, unless so directed by the Constitution.”

The ANC also backed the court's direction that the rules of the National Assembly should be reviewed with a view to bring them in line with the constitutional rights of MPs to propose motions and provide for deadlock breaking mechanism.

“Parliament should not be controlled through the courts by those with deep pockets to bankroll their frivolous litigations,” the ANC said.
Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  lindiwe mazibuko  |  jacob zuma  |  parliament 2013  |  judiciary

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