Parliament to probe Mangaung Assembly

2011-10-13 22:41

Cape Town - National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu has asked the Secretary to Parliament Zingile Dingani to probe the People's Assembly hosted in Mangaung last month.

This was confirmed in a letter from Sisulu's office to Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Athol Trollip, he said in a statement on Thursday.

The two-day People's Assembly was intended to enable interaction between the public, members of the Assembly, and Cabinet ministers.

"However, its poor organisation meant that South Africans had little to show for it apart from a R14m bill," Trollip said.

He said the event was marked by logistical failures, wasteful spending, and insufficient public involvement.

A second People's Assembly, this time hosted by the National Council of Provinces, would be held next month.

Trollip said Parliament should ensure it learned from the poor management of the Mangaung event.

"We cannot afford for the same mistakes to be made again," he said.