MPs left with egg on their faces as ‘corrupt Lonmin’ motion slips through unopposed

2015-09-11 12:41

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On the same day that President Jacob Zuma was holding high-level discussions with mine bosses and other roleplayers, Parliament adopted a motion that describes the controversial mining company Lonmin as “corrupt to the core”. 

Lonmin was the mining company involved in the Marikana massacre. 

The motion, which was brought without notice on Tuesday by Economic Freedom Fighters member of Parliament Nokulunga Sonti, left MPs with egg on their faces, because nobody opposed it. 

This means it is now a resolution of Parliament as represented by all political parties. 

Sonti, in her motion, asked the National Assembly to take note of a widow who was injured in a Lonmin mine in 2009. She is now disabled and has “received no compensation from the company”. 

The motion also says that Parliament “acknowledges that her condition has put the future of her dependants in jeopardy and also “acknowledges that Lonmin is corrupt to the core”. 

Sonti also asked the ministers of labour and mineral resources to help the people “who are being treated like animals”. 

The EFF started a trend in Parliament to oppose motions without notice. Most of these motions are congratulatory in nature for sports and other achievements or condolences. 

By opposing it, the motion falls away. The EFF has opposed motions such as one wishing Muslims Eid Mubarak. 

ANC caucus spokesperson Moloto Mothapo told Media24 that there was no doubt that “a serious error” had crept in”. 

“It’s going to have to be investigated. It may be that there was too much noise so people could not hear properly. We must investigate if the transcribers captured it properly, so we will have to listen to the audio and Hansard will have to be consulted. Maybe the fault lies with us [ANC MPs], who didn’t object when we should have, or maybe the problem lies elsewhere.” 

Mothapo made it clear that the ANC had distanced itself from the motion, which he labelled as an “attempt by the EFF to score cheap political points”. 

Democratic Alliance deputy chief whip Mike Waters said that it was definitely not the DA’s stance on Lonmin. 

“There is so much noise in the house; it is sometimes difficult to hear. We are also dependent on the translation, so if the translation does not come through correctly what can we do? It is problematic.”

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