By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Provincial Leader:
The suspension of the Limpopo Legislature Speaker Mirriam Ramadwa by the ANC is unconstitutional and goes against the Rules of the Legislature.
The DA has learnt with grave concern the forced resignation of the current speaker of the Legislature by the ANC ostensibly because she refuses to voluntarily tender her resignation to make way for Polly Boshielo.
The ANC is a party which is represented in the legislature and not the legislature itself.
The rules of the legislature clearly stipulate that speaker can only be removed from office by the majority of members who must be present. This means that a sitting must be convened to effect the removal of the speaker and that decision cannot be taken at Frans Mohlala house.
The fact that the ANC even attempt to remove the speaker in such a manner shows that they have scant regard for constitutional arms of government. These must be clearly separated from the party.
The Legislature exists as a separate entity, protected by the constitution, with its own rules.
The DA will at the next sitting push for a secret ballot on this matter as it is prescribed by the Legislature Rules and the Constitution.