I find the demand by the DA that Baleka Mbete resign her position as speaker of parliament as unwarranted and way out of line.
The DA demands that she should resign because she was elected chairman of the ANC in December. I think the DA, as always, is illogical and the call undermines the will of the majority.
First, it must be clearly understood that the majority of delegates who elected Mbete represent the wishes of the majority
The delegates carried the mandate of the majority of ANC members in the branches, and the ANC, being the ruling party, was elected by most South Africans. Mbete was elected into her new party role in the full knowledge that she is the speaker.
We are confident as ANC members and supporters that she will carry out both her responsibilities with distinction. Mbete is loyal to the movement and her parliamentary position demands that she acts without fear or favour in dealing with parliamentary issues.
When the DA demands that she resign, that alone is an insult to ANC members because the DA cannot be prescriptive to the ANC. The DA claims she will not act fairly in parliament.
Helen Zille is leader of the DA and the mayor of Cape Town. Why can't this work for Mbete?
Lazarus Nsiki, Letsitele