A disturbing tendency

2008-03-01 00:00

With the Inkatha Freedom Party having walked out of the session and the Democratic Alliance voting against the measure, the African National Congress has used its majority in the provincial Parliament to dismiss the African Christian Democratic Party’s Jo-Ann Downs from chairing the legislature’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa). There are several very disturbing aspects of this matter.

This decision suggests that there are powerful forces within the ANC that have either a very limited understanding of democratic principles or an arrogant disregard of them. With Downs now mounting a legal challenge to her dismissal, revelations are coming into the public domain of aggressive conduct by the executive that point very strongly to the latter.

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