MPs urged to support truancy policy

2012-12-11 15:54

Cape Town - All political parties are being urged to support tough new measures to crack down on truant MPs, ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga said on Tuesday.

In his year-end statement, Motshekga said the ANC was fully behind an attendance and leave policy, which would act as a deterrent to absenteeism and poor attendance by MPs across the political divide.

"In its current draft, the policy includes sanctions against defaulters which range from fines and salary deductions to expulsion from Parliament," said Motshekga.

The draft policy proposed measures which included that MP's salaries be docked R500 for every day they were absent.

MPs could also be removed from their seats if they were absent for more than 30 days.

The policy was rejected by some MPs in an August ANC caucus meeting.

Some ANC MPs felt the policy was badly written and did not draw a distinction between ministers and ordinary members.

They also opposed the imposition of fines on the basis that this would clash with the work done by Parliament's joint ethics committee.

Despite the criticism, Motshekga said radical measures were needed.

"We will urge parties to adopt this important policy to ensure that Parliament’s dignity, accountability and discipline are preserved."

In the same statement, Motshekga patted his caucus on the back for maintaining three unqualified audits and contributing to the enactment of progressive bills.

"Parliament in 2012 grappled with a total of 30 draft legislations in the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, 13 of which were signed into law by President Jacob Zuma," he said.

However, Motshekga bemoaned the fact that inter-party relations had worsened this year, singling out the DA.

He accused the party of going beyond "the bounds of acceptable political and ideological differences".

"The fist-banging of tables by the DA MPs during one of the sittings, based on what was later found to be a misinterpretation of the rules, will surely go down as the year 2012’s most disgraceful day in Parliament."

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-11 16:09

    I am speechless. These cANCers have no shame and the pointing out the DA’s indiscretion as the “the most disgraceful day in parliament” ARE YOU KIDDING ME! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-12-11 16:29

      Truancy is for kids

      amber.rancic - 2012-12-11 16:34

      @mc.segal - Exactly, because that is what we have in parliament..

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-11 16:35

      The road to hell, is paved with good intentions.

      werner.nel.984786 - 2012-12-11 17:09

      TRUANCY!! FFS!! are we dealing with children or the leaders of our country?

  • sandy.sutherland.58 - 2012-12-11 16:09

    oh dear - might mean that 'Winnie The Elephant' aka Mis Firey Necklace of the Decade would actually have to go to work instead of sponging off the country like the traitor she is!

      amber.rancic - 2012-12-11 16:35

      I doubt it - the existing rules aren't enforced, so I doubt this one will be. She can still go shopping as much as she'd like :-)

  • laings.corner - 2012-12-11 16:20

    Time spent skiving off, orchestrating shady business deals trying their utmost best to be as unaccountable as possible instead of actually working and trying their utmost best to make this country a better place . . . the amazing life of a ANC MP feeding at the trough. Through their actions stealing the food out of their brothers and sisters mouths . . . . . nice !!! What a sad rubbish lot you are !!!!!

  • themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-11 16:21

    Mathole Motshekga is paying lip service as always. Most cadres are employed in Parliament to sit and clap hands in unision when Zuma comes to throw obfuscations and duck and dive during questioning time, as well as to railroad unpopular bills because they can (by virtue of their numbers). In between they are holidaying in Cape Town. His wife (Angie) is the most incompetent MP the world has ever seen, having delivered textbooks in October, barely a month before crucial exams, while other learners sat under a tree for the whole year. Education is a mess under her ample frame. SO, who are you kidding Motshekga? Zuma rescued you from a life of a pauper, and you are only there to serve him and him alone

      lee.brand.73 - 2012-12-11 16:54

      Yep. That pretty much sums it up.

      be.els.33 - 2012-12-13 00:24

      ... Actually they are too busy tendering for government contracts for their multiple businesses to attend parliament. If I miss a day's work I lose a day's wage. MPs earn R4000 per day, but are only fined R500 if they have bunked a bunch of days (Winnie was fined R500 after missing nearly a year of work!!)

  • kuno.tschumi.5 - 2012-12-11 16:26

    MPs may be removed if they miss 30 days. what the fQ"*ç is that now. If an employee would miss even half of that he would have been fired. These morons really think they better than the rest of the country. the most disgraceful day in 2012 was each time our so called president opened his mouth. at least we have an opposition who slams their fist onto the table if something goes wrong. Not that the cANCer ever would listen. they know everything better anyway

  • KCorsar - 2012-12-11 16:36

    Fist banging as disgrace; well I never; so blundering and outright theft; mismanagement of funds; unauthorised and wasteful expenditure incurred by members isn't. Just to be sure, if you throw a tantrum in Parly, its considered a red card, but rampant corrupt activities is a mere yellow card.

  • lee.brand.73 - 2012-12-11 16:37

    The most disgracefull day was when zuma lied to everybody with an indignant tear in his beady little eye! What happened to the bond? We have not forgotten!

  • craig.thom.376 - 2012-12-11 17:03

    good canning would do

  • earthian.earthian - 2012-12-11 17:39

    F@$King Circuis!!!

  • Erna - 2012-12-11 17:44

    So I gather lindiwe sisulu telling Maynier to 'sit his flea infested body down' is considered appropriate behaviour. As is the anc's continuous heckling of the DA.

  • Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-12-11 17:48

    Oh pleease! You can throw chairs, steal or anything.... Just don't bang your fist

      be.els.33 - 2012-12-13 00:32

      Exactly! ... It's ok for MPs to spend billions on travel, parties, 5 star hotels, Nkandla, but fist-banging is the WORST thing MPs cane do.??

  • Strikeback - 2012-12-11 20:11

    Goodness. If we want people today to do their work, we have to threaten them or in the case of the defence force, lock them in! Get rid of useless people! By accomodating them, you send out the wrong message altogether!

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-11 21:00

      Half of those who do attend are asleep in their chairs anyway!

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