Parties close ranks against Mbete

2015-05-09 21:06

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Bloemfontein - Three opposition parties will approach a full bench of the Western Cape High Court on Monday in an attempt to remove Baleka Mbete as National Assembly speaker.

“We want the court to declare the speaker unfit and biased,” Andries Tlouamma, the leader of Agang, told News24.

Agang, the Congress of the People, and the United Democratic Movement have joined forces in the case.

“We would have liked other parties, including the EFF and the DA, to join us in this case, because we are not seeking our own glory, but we are fighting for the rights of the nation,” Tlouamma said.

The leaders of the three parties, Andries Tlouamma, Bantu Holomisa and Mosiuoa Lekota, have issued an appeal to other political parties to unite in support of their joint application to court.

“We are convinced that only judicial intervention can extricate Parliament from the constitutional crisis that has been caused by the ineptitude and bias of the Speaker," the leaders said in an open letter to the leaders of other political parties.

"We firmly believe that ridding the National Assembly of this Speaker and the country of this President are matters which require co-operation between all opposition parties and even like-minded members of the ANC."

"We believe we have a strong case. We tried to be practical in the preparation of our arguments. I believe it was a good thing that the parties could work together and close ranks,” Holomisa told News24.

He added that other parties support them, although they are not part of the application. Holomisa mentioned the name of the DA’s Mmusi Maimane in this regard.

Tlouamma said he believes their chances of winning the case is 90%. “We have a very strong case. I can’t see any way in which the speaker will win the case,” he said.

Opposition parties have previously called for Mbete’s removal on several occasions.

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