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Motshekga and Sisulu clash

By Denise Williams | 2013-02-08 08:13:42.0 | COMMENTS [ 57 ]

SPARKS flew in Parliament yesterday between speaker Max Sisulu and ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga over a decision to put on ice a planned National Assembly debate on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

This follows an announcement at a meeting of Parliament's programming committee yesterday morning, by the DA that it was no longer interested in debating the contentious motion as it lapsed when Parliament went on a final recess at the end of last year.

The DA, which tabled the motion supported by seven other opposition parties, said it would now approach the Constitutional Court to clarify the rights of MPs from minority parties with regards to the tabling of such motions.

But the meeting got heated when Motshekga tried to argue that the DA had lost confidence in its own motion.

"If the call for a confidence debate by the DA were genuine and made in good faith, the DA and their partners would reinstate it. Their failure and neglect to do so confirms our view that their motion was frivolous," Motshekga said.

But Sisulu would not entertain any discussion of the matter.

"I really, really won't allow you to continue. You are really out of order. This is not about political statements here. The matter has lapsed.

"Parliament is an institution governed by rules and the rules are that if a matter has lapsed it can only be resuscitated by the people who put the motion there. I really rule you out of order, absolutely out of order," an angry Sisulu said to Motshekga.

But acting ANC deputy chief whip Mmamoloko Kubayi and Motshekga said they saw no reason why the motion could not go ahead.

The parties allege that under Zuma's leadership the justice system has been politicised, corruption has spiralled out of control and unemployment continues to increase.

When it was first discussed last year the ANC used its majority to block the debate. The Western Cape High Court, found that parliamentary rules were not clear on whether Parliament can be forced to schedule such a debate as an urgent matter.


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Is this honourable Sisulu related to the Lean and mean Sisulu?No resemblance in logic or ides.Well done Max.

2013-02-08 17:16:55.0 | 0 replies


The people wanna see this stuff.......

This is not an Arab country and besids most Arabs in this country are well off!!! So there wont be any spring or sprong!!!

2013-02-08 11:14:29.0 | 0 replies

Why do we not just cancel Parliament and run the country from the Gupta's dining room. In fact, instead of making Zuma president, let cut out the middleman and have Mr Gupta as the president. This should save time and be more efficient and we no longer have to pretend who is really running the country.
Achmad you said a very sensible thing. Gupta for President. Which one of the brothers though? Atul?

On the issue of Mathole, he is exposing himself that he's trying too hard. Showing one's desperation makes one vulnerable. It IS a fact that he's working for his bacon but he's just too excited in going on about it. After all, he's not in the NEC so he needs to show his Boss that he's earning his keep.

2013-02-08 11:08:06.0 | 0 replies

MorenaWaPolelo - Selebi said the same
Selebi is still a free man...also he was no longer an needed he was delt with!!!

2013-02-08 11:06:33.0 | 0 replies

MorenaWaPolelo - Selebi said the same.

2013-02-08 10:55:44.0 | 0 replies


Anything other than a Gupta puppet.

SA pays taxes for public use, to fix things in our SOCIETY like service delivery...and expect these monies to managed properly

2013-02-08 10:43:10.0 | 0 replies


The people wanna see this stuff.......


2013-02-08 10:32:40.0 | 0 replies

08 Feb 2013!#Sinudeity#!
MorenaWaPolelo - Well, there are 3 things this year that could sink JZ:

1) spytapes
2) nkandlagate
3) recharging him with 700 counts of corruptio
Like I said pgs would fly!!!

2013-02-08 10:21:34.0 | 0 replies

Guys - question everyone must ask themselves is this .... 'are we gonna vote the same way in 2014 that we been voting in last few elections ???' We have a chance next year to change things and while we don't want a white govt back we sure as sh!t don't want to have this lot for the rest of our time. Let's vote PAC/COPE/DA/ACDP/IFP/whateva ... just not ANC again and again and again and again !!

2013-02-08 10:14:08.0 | 0 replies

@ Sarmologadi

Hi, gul.

2013-02-08 10:14:05.0 | 0 replies

MorenaWaPolelo - Whats interesting with the Breytenbach case going on at the moment, its exposing the NPA, and their collusion with corrupt ANC politicians and their businesses.

2013-02-08 10:03:44.0 | 0 replies