ANC MPs who boycotted Khoza’s meeting 'trying to collapse' work of Parliament – EFF

2017-08-15 22:34
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. (Mlungisi Louw, Netwerk24)

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. (Mlungisi Louw, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town – The five ANC MPs who boycotted the portfolio committee on public service and administration on Tuesday afternoon are “deliberately trying to collapse” the work of Parliament to hold corrupt individuals accountable, the EFF said.

The meeting was called by chairperson Makhozi Khoza following allegations contained in the Sunday Times that Minister of Public Service and Administration Faith Muthambi spent R300 000 to fly 30 people to Cape Town to watch her budget speech in Parliament in May.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the MPs who boycotted the meeting deliberately tried to withhold accountability for Muthambi.

"In essence, the work of Parliament is being frustrated by those in the ruling party. They are making sure that Parliament loses its capacity to combat corruption," Ndlozi said in a statement.

"Their hope was that the meeting would not quorate and thus be unable to proceed and take binding decisions."

In a letter to ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu, the five MPs stated their intention not to attend the committee meeting because they believed Khoza has contravened the ANC’s disciplinary meeting.

This follows Khoza’s public comments in support of a vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma on August 8.

On Tuesday afternoon, Mthembu described the ANC MPs' boycott of meeting as 'gross ill-discipline’ and said disciplinary action will be taken against the MPs involved.

Muthambi also failed to attend the meeting. Department of Public Service and Administration spokesperson Dumisani Nkwamba cited "certain circumstances” that stood in the way of Muthambi attending the meeting.

He did not wish to clarify when asked what exactly those circumstances were. In the statement, Ndlozi warned that dissolving Parliament, as called for by the Democratic Alliance (DA), would become a viable option if the institution fails to keep the country’s executive accountable.

“If corrupt ministers are free to defy Parliament, and ANC MPs are also free to boycott meetings that probe corruption, then it is only fair that the country goes for early elections.”

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