Parties not fulfilling mandate

2016-12-13 06:01

RECORDS around the submission of oversight parliamentary questions to KZN Premier Willies Mchunu and MEC’s have revealed that the DA submitted 100% of all questions in 2016.

Between January and November 2016, the DA’s 10-member caucus in the KZN Legislature submitted 199 parliamentary questions. No other party submitted a single question — in other words, not one member from any other opposition party put a single question to the premier and his MECs.

These figures are revealing. They show that other opposition parties have abdicated this responsibility. More alarmingly, the KZN speaker’s own party, the ANC, have stopped exercising any public oversight of their own MECs. This is a shocking development and speaks to the total collapse of the practice of good governance across all spheres of the Zuma-led ANC.

Unlike the National Assembly, which has twin priorities of passing new laws and holding the executive accountable, provincial legislatures have as their primary responsibility the oversight of provincial departments and their budgets. The success or failure of the speaker of the KZN Legislature is totally dependent on whether the institution strengthens or inhibits this vital oversight function.

The figures also show that the DA is the only party fulfilling its mandate within the KZN Legislature. They show that the DA is working hard to expose corruption and inefficiency at every level within the province. And they show that the DA is committed to a ensuring a brighter future for the people of KZN.

MARK STEELE, MPL

Chief Whip to the DA

KZN Legislature

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