By Mike Moriarty MPL, DA Chief Whip in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature:
The Office of the Speaker of the Gauteng Legislature is deliberately attempting to prevent DA delegates from participating in debates at the National Council of Provinces.
On 30 July, NCOP Chairperson Thandi Modise invited provincial delegates to attend NCOP plenaries on 4 and 6 August, and to participate in debates on International Mandela Day and the Reports of the NCOP Provincial Week.
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However, the invitation was only sent to the DA on Sunday morning, and came to the attention of our personnel this morning.
The DA has already written to the Deputy Speaker, Mr Uhuru Moiloa, and expressed our protest over what we believe is a deliberate attempt at sabotaging the DA’s participation in debates of much consequence.
Two weeks ago NCOP delegates were taken on a sanitised tour of the West Rand to inspect service delivery projects that had little to do with its mandate of advancing the developmental agenda of municipalities.
Had it not been for the DA’s efforts to add more site visits to the programme, delegates would have seen very little evidence of municipalities on the brink of collapse.
The DA has long held the view that a great divide exists between the ANC of today, and what it was during the presidency of Nelson Mandela.
The repeated attacks on the judiciary, the media and the Public Protector, as well as the state capture of institutions to protect the President at all costs are clear signs that the ANC will do anything and everything to strengthen its grip on power.
Shutting down opposition parties from carrying out their constitutional mandate of oversight and robust debate, is further testimony of this hegemonic behaviour.