‘Speaker can’t have two hats’

2008-01-15 00:00

The Democratic Alliance is to write to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to request her to resign as speaker, following her recent appointment as the chair of the the ANC’s parliamentary political committee.

DA chief whip Ian Davidson said yesterday the DA is deeply concerned about Mbete’s appointment as chair of the committee, which serves as a liaison between Parliament and the executive and which makes recommendations to the ANC headquarters at Luthuli House about the deployment of committee chairs and the parliamentary whippery.

In a statement, Davidson said the chair of committee is seen as a key position in implementing ANC president Jacob Zuma’s agenda in Parliament. “As such this raises the question as to whether she can be impartial in the exercise of her duties and functions,” Davidson said.

The DA spokesman said the DA believes Mbete’s position as chair of the political committee will worsen the tensions that exist between Parliament and the executive as well as between Parliament and Luthuli House.

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