22 September 2013
The Democratic Alliance MP Watty
Watson today said he will be writing to the Speaker of the National Assembly,
Max Sisulu, to request that he call an urgent
meeting of the National Assembly Programming Committee to discuss the ANC’s
abuse and manipulation of the Parliamentary Programme ahead of the 2014
This comes after media reports
reported that an ANC election memorandum has instructed ANC MPs to rush through
certain pieces of legislation, and hold back on other controversial bills
before the elections.
Watson said this is an appalling
abuse of the parliamentary process and undermines the constitutionally
enshrined independence of Parliament. As a multi-party institution, programming
is done in consultation with all political parties represented in Parliament,
regardless of their size.
He added that the DA will not sit
back and allow the ruling party to short-circuit a proper parliamentary process
on any bill before it. Every single bill before Parliament demands close
scrutiny and public participation, anything less would be a disservice to the
people of South Africa.
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