Ministers' silence an attempt to hide poor service delivery record - DA

2015-11-17 16:06
( Dan Calderwood: News24)

( Dan Calderwood: News24)

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Cape Town - The DA on Tuesday said the unprecedented number of non-replies by ministers and their deputies were deliberate attempts to hide government’s poor service delivery record, before South Africans headed to the polls next year.

According to the party, the fifth democratically elected Parliament had experienced this sharp increase of "non-replies" by executive members to both written and oral questions.

These included ministers and deputy ministers refusing to answer questions on President Jacob Zuma's movements as they were “security sensitive” and using the sub judice rule as the basis for not answering on issues like the Waterkloof airforce base saga.

DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said during the fourth Parliament, ministers simply flouted the rules and did not reply to opposition questions.

"Once we successfully challenged that practice, they have now resorted to ‘non-replies’," he said.

"This has presented a major challenge to the effectiveness of parliament’s oversight function and deprived Members of Parliament [MPs] and South Africans of answers to crucial issues facing our country.”

He said the party would now request a special meeting with the leader of government business Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss the decreasing quality of replies.

Read more on:    da  |  jacob zuma  |  john steenhuisen  |  cape town  |  politics  |  local government  |  parliament 2015  |  service delivery

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