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By unknown | Feb 18, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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The ANC has added its voice to a call that parliament should take action against a senior member of the DA.

Last week Public Protector Edgare Mushwana said parliament should consider taking action against the DA's Mike Waters for making false allegations against President Thabo Mbeki.

ANC parliamentary spokesman Moloto Mothapo yesterday said: "Waters' complaint to the public protector was a calculated and deliberate attempt to insult the person and the office of the president.

"The ANC caucus expresses hope that the speaker will act expeditiously in this matter."

Last year Waters lodged a complaint with Mushwana claiming that Mbeki had abused his powers by telephoning the Donald Gordon Hospital, demanding a liver transplant operation for Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.

Mbeki allegedly asked the doctors to conceal the real reason for Tshabalala-Msimang's liver transplant, which was related to alcohol abuse.

Waters published his allegations before presenting them to Mushwana. He subsequently withdrew the complaint after DA leader Hellen Zille had met Mbeki.

But, Mushwana continued investigating the complaint. Last week he released a statement saying the complaint had no basis.

He said Waters' behaviour was "unconstitutional" and in a manner that is unbecoming of a member of parliament.

Mushwana also added that complaints lodged with his office could not be withdrawn willy-nilly - and Waters did not hold a prerogative to tell the public protector when a matter is closed.

"The DA is alarmed by the overtly political nature of Public Protector Lawrence Mushwana's ruling on a complaint by Waters, particularly in the context of other rulings he has made in the past," the DA's Ian Davidson said yesterday.

Last year Waters was ordered to leave the national assembly after he accused national speaker Baleka Mbethe of "protecting a thief", referring to Tshabalala-Msimang who was previously convicted for theft in Botswana.


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