DA denies Ramaphosa Parly deal

2014-11-20 15:06


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The DA would never enter into a deal that jeopardised its mandate, the party's leader Helen Zille vowed on Thursday, during a protest on the steps of Parliament.

"When [Deputy President] Cyril Ramaphosa says a deal was done - the DA would never, and has never, and will never, enter into a deal that prevents us from doing our job that the people elected us to do," she told reporters.

Zille, together with Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane and other DA MPs, staged a lunchtime protest in front of the House.

They danced and sang and held up small blue posters, each one posing a parliamentary question that the DA says has gone unanswered by the majority party, the African National Congress.

The deal referred to is what the presidency has described as an "understanding" reached between political party leaders and Ramaphosa at a meeting in Tuynhuys on Tuesday, after months of tensions in the House reached breaking point last week.

But this blew apart on Wednesday night, after the opposition pushed ahead with a motion accusing President Jacob Zuma of dodging questions over his Nkandla homestead.

Zille said the "deal" had to do with adhering to the rules.

"The deal was very simple. The deal was to stick by the rules. Then President Zuma refused to come to Parliament, therefore breaking the rules. We never gave the ANC carte blanche to break the rules.

"We will not be co-opted into a strategy by the ANC to protect the president from Parliament. Because that is against our mandate," she said.

Thursday's protest focused on the unanswered written questions, and the president's apparent reluctance to appear in the House to answer questions put to him.

Zuma has not returned to the National Assembly to answer questions since August 21 when he was heckled by Economic Freedom Fighters MPs over his Nkandla homestead.

"There are many hundreds of questions that have been asked, for very good reasons, in provincial parliaments across South Africa, and in this National Assembly, that have gone unanswered, or [been] partially answered, or given nonsensical answers.

"And that undermines the very spirit of accountability that is the heart of our Constitution," Zille said.

In the provincial legislatures, there was a "mind-boggling" number of unanswered questions.

"In the Northern Cape, 87% of questions have not been answered. In the Eastern Cape, 45% of questions have simply been ignored," she said.

Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  helen zille  |  jacob zuma  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.