Parliament concedes Sisulu battle

2010-09-15 15:36

Cape Town - Parliament's portfolio committee on defence on Wednesday laid down arms in its battle to force Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to submit reports on service conditions in the military before processing new legislation.

The move came a day after the African National Congress gave its full support to Sisulu and cautioned committee chairperson Nyami Booi that his ultimatum to her to release the documents bordered on "ill-discipline".

On Wednesday, Booi began the meeting by reading a letter from Speaker Max Sisulu - the minister's brother - chastising the committee and won the support of all parties except the Democratic Alliance to bury the hatchet and resume work on the defence amendment bill.

"The majority of members feel that we should go ahead with the bill itself. So that concludes the matter at this particular moment."

Booi said he would draft a programme to process the bill, and possibly convene the committee during the upcoming parliamentary recess to expedite the matter.