North West Speaker unaware of EFF whip's conviction

2015-01-28 17:40

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

Johannesburg - North West legislature Speaker Susan Dantjie was not informed about the developments in the murder case against EFF Chief Whip Papiki Babuile, her spokesperson said on Wednesday.

"Given the fact that Mr Papiki Babuile represents his party in the legislature, it is regrettable that... honourable Susan Dantjie was not informed on the developments of his case," Teboho Chaane said in a statement.

"The Speaker views this matter in a very serious light and intends to speedily bring it to its... conclusion by taking all steps necessary... to address the status of Mr Babuile [and] his eligibility to continue his membership in the legislature."

Dantjie learnt of Babuile's conviction through media reports in November last year.

She had written to the EFF on 16 January requesting details of his conviction and sentencing. The party did not respond.

"Part of the details solicited was whether or not Mr Babuile, has appealed the matter and relevant details thereto, as well as to ascertain his status and eligibility to occupy a seat in the legislature," Chaane said.

"This would have assisted the legislature to take an informed decision and to act on the matter in terms of its rules and procedures."

Dantjie sent another letter on 26 January requesting clarity.

She also indicated that failure to respond within five days would result in Babuile's salary being suspended and processes being initiated to terminate his membership from the legislature.

The Citizen on Tuesday reported that Babuile had been running the EFF's North West affairs from his prison cell.

He was jailed last year for 12 years for the murder of David Chika, regional secretary of the ANC.

The newspaper said it had been reliably informed that Babuile, whose annual package is over R1m, received his December and January salaries while in jail.

Read more on:    eff  |  mahikeng  |  politics  |  crime

Join the conversation! 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.
NEXT ON NEWS24X 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

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
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 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.