Competence of MPs forces ANC rethink
Cape Town - The ANC will hold a roadshow next week to assess its parliamentary constituency offices after finding that some its MPs were not competent enough to answer questions from communities.
Party Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga told reporters at Parliament on Thursday that the constituency system was a critical organ of "an activist Parliament", but that individual MPs needed help in answering service questions from communities.
"In the past we left it to individual MPs to interact with the people," Motshekga said.
"If you send the MP alone you find that the questions being raised are about local government and the MP is not the best qualified person to deal with that.
"Unless the MP comes from the NCOP [National Council of Provinces] we find that they cannot deal competently with the issues."
This time the party wanted to bring the public representatives from all three spheres to interact with people.
Motshekga said by clustering public representatives the ANC would be able to provide "a total solution" to the people.
The party wanted to be able to pick up grievances timeously or to intervene with the affected government departments so that they delivered the services required by communities.
"We can go back to communities and explain there is a plan to build a dam here and provide water. There is a plan to provide electricity and indicate time frames," he said.
"Unless people are informed, they feel as though they are being neglected."
The ANC's delegation, which will include Motshekga, will visit all 264 of its caucus offices.