Only DA MPL’s holding ANC in Mpumalanga to account

By: Anthony Benadie, MPL DA Mpumalanga Caucus Leader The Democratic Alliance in the Mpumalanga Legislature, as a three-person caucus, are the only ones holding the ANC government to account. This was revealed in the publication of the latest internal question paper to MEC’s for written response. The DA is not just the only party to have posed any questions to the Premier and his cabinet, but we are the only party that has used our entire quota of questions as allowed by the legislature standing rules and order. To date the DA has submitted 99 written questions as per Rule 108 of the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature Rules and Orders. Rule 107 (4) of the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature Rules and Orders states that “Questions for written reply are limited to three (3) per member per department, in respect of each quarter”. The DA’s three provincial members have submitted their full quota of questions by the end of the first quarter which ended on 31 March 2015. The questions submitted cover a range of critical governance issues effecting the functioning of government, the use of state resources and the citizens of Mpumalanga. Of serious concern though is the lax attitude of ANC MECs towards the answering of the questions. As per Rule 108, an MEC must respond within ten working days. However, of the 99 questions submitted by the DA, approximately 70% where unanswered questions summited to various MEC’s from the fourth quarter of 2014. This is an utter disgrace, and the MECs must be held accountable. The DA will write a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Legislature Mr Josiah Silinda, stating that if these questions are not answered by May 4th 2015, the DA will demand that they be placed on the oral question order paper as per Rule 108. The placing of these questions on the order paper for oral reply will force MECs to respond and enable members of the legislature to hold the ANC government to account. [END] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################