Police committee quashes DA's critical infrastructure amendment bill

2015-11-18 19:00
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Cape Town - Parliament’s Police Portfolio Committee voted on Wednesday to quash the DA’s critical infrastructure amendment bill.

The bill, sponsored by DA MP Zakhele Mbhele, was to repeal the National Key Points Act (NKPA) of 1980.

The bill was presented to the police committee on Wednesday, when six MPs, including ANC and EFF representatives, voted against it.

One MP decided to abstain and two DA MPs voted in its favour.

Mbhele said the outcome was not unexpected.

He said voting to quash the bill was a move that could be seen only as deference to the executive and “an abolition of Parliament’s autonomy as the constitutionally mandated law-making body of South Africa”.

In a statement released after the vote, Mbhele said passing the bill would have prevented another Nkandla from happening again.

“This unfortunate and inexplicable development effectively means that the crucially needed repeal of this oppressive law has been stalled unreasonably. Indeed, the ANC stuck to their flawed argument in rejecting the bill as undesirable, based on the Police Minister’s intent to table his own bill.”

He said the ruling party had not been able to raise substantial and rational reasons to show why work on the DA’s bill could not begin.

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