Defence committee head gets the boot

2010-11-18 22:25

kalahari.com

Cape Town - The ANC has replaced the chairperson of the portfolio committee on defence and military veterans, Nyamizele Booi, after being left "unimpressed" with the "to-ing and fro-ing" between the committee and the Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

Deputy secretary general Thandi Modise told journalists in Parliament on Thursday that the party was not happy with the way the committee had been functioning.

"In this instance the ANC was not impressed with the to-ing and fro-ing between the committee and the minister," Modise said.

"We were not happy with the way the committee was functioning and with the way it lost focus and the main thrust of its mandate."

Booi and Sisulu were at loggerheads in the past months over Sisulu's refusal to submit a report by the interim national defence force commission to Parliament on establishing a permanent national defence force service commission and a special dispensation for the conditions of service of members of the defence force.

The ANC had given its full support to Sisulu and cautioned Booi that his ultimatum to Sisulu to release the report within 30 days bordered on "ill-discipline".

"The ANC reserves the right to replace its leaders," Modise said.

Not unfair

Modise said the defence committee had been silent of "very crucial matters" such as the morale of troops.

She said it was not in the interests of the country to have unnecessary interactions between the committee and the minister.

"We do not wish to have this type of behaviour," she said.

"All ministers of the ANC are expected to account to Parliament and to the public."

The party expected some tensions between the executive and the legislature, but it did not envisage a situation where one institution undermined another.

"I don't think we are being unfair (on Booi). We are happy he took the time and did his best as chair," she said.

Modise said she could not comment on whether Booi was replaced as part of a continuing probe into the alleged misappropriation by ANC MPs of R50m.

"I can not comment on that," she said.

Booi will be replaced as committee chair by Malusi Motimele.

- SAPA
Read more on:    lindiwe sisulu  |  military
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
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

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

Deal of the week!

20% off Afrikaans books, music and DVDs. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

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

Hot gaming titles – available for pre-order!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, Far Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto 5 and more. Pre-order now!

Get a free eBook

Buy 3 eBooks and get the cheapest FREE. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and 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

Be open, network and share your intentions and ideas as these may be the vital seeds to the imminent change that can be starting...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.