New Limpopo Legislature Speaker must hold the executive to account

Desiree van der Walt MPL

DA Limpopo Legislature Caucus Leader

The Democratic Alliance Limpopo cautiously welcomes the inauguration of Mr. E. Nong as the new speaker of the Legislature. As he assumes to this new office, the DA urges Mr. Nong to break away with the undemocratic modus operandi of his predecessor, Mr. Rudolph Phaala.

Under Mr. Phaala this institution was characterised by the following:

  • The Legislature failed to hold to account the MECs who did to answer parliamentary questions put to them. These MECs could do this with impunity as there were not repercussions for them from the Legislature. The previous speaker held the MECs to respond to our service delivery concerns, Mr. Nong must continue to do this.
  • The efforts by the DA to debate the motion of no confidence on the previous premier Mr. Cassel Mathale were blocked with no plausible legitimate reasons given.  This had the effect of stifling debate in parliament.
  • The DA members were escorted out of the Legislature precincts for saying that the former MEC of Safety, Security and Liaison spoke non-sense when she said we do not offer solutions to our inputs.  This word is used everywhere and there is nothing wrong with it.
  • Members’ statements read by the DA on pertinent issues affecting the province were inadmissible by the Speaker for reasons which were not plausible.
  • The Leader of Government Business, Mr. Dickson Masemola, a member of the executive who should have been present to take the Legislature resolutions to the executive was forever absent and the Speaker did nothing to correct this.
  • Legislature vehicles were abused by ANC members of the Legislature for reasons unrelated to their Legislature duties.

Mr. Nong must open the Legislature up for critical debate to take place in order to make sure that there is effective oversight as mandated by the Constitution. He must also exercise effective control of the Legislature assets so that they are not used to benefit ANC members in their private capacities.

The DA will continue with its regular oversight to ensure that these matters are debated in the House and service delivery to the people of the province is improved.