TOUGH TALK: DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko says ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga should resign for poor performance in Parliament. Picture: Zenzo Nkomo
The DA has called for the resignation of ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga citing poor performance in Parliament, ignoring the rules of the house during sittings and using Parliament for petty political issues.
DA leader in Parliament Lindiwe Mazibuko and party chief whip Watty Watson said yesterday that Parliament has not performed to the level that was expected.
Mazibuko said that in the face of poor performance in the chief whips’ forum, his disrespect for the rules of Parliament during sittings and ignoring the Constitution during the tabling of the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma it was time for Motshekga to go.
However, Motshekga’s spokesperson Moloto Mothapo questioned the performance of Watson in Parliament.
He said the DA chief whip does not know what he was doing in Parliament. “The DA has always had very good chief whips since 1994, whose grasp of the rules (of Parliament) was excellent. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about the current chief whip (Watson),” said Mothapo.
“He clearly misunderstands his role in Parliament because it is not to personally oppose the chief whip of the majority party (Motshekga),” said Mothapo.
He said Watson was trying to save face because he was facing pressure to quit because of his lacklustre performance in the national legislature.
Watson’s attack on Motshekga was an attempt to divert attention, said Mothapo. Mazibuko said Parliament could have achieved more if the ANC had a chief whip who understood the Constitution and Parliament.
She said despite the shortcomings of Parliament the DA had been able to place on the agenda some important issues including the debate on the youth wage subsidy, the investigation of the construction of President Jacob Zuma’s home in Nkandla and the tabling of the motion of no confidence in President Zuma.
The DA leader in Parliament said that the party was not happy about the fact that some of the ministers still refuse to answer some of the questions.
She said she had met with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to discuss this issue. The deputy president had undertaken to get members of the cabinet to respond to questions on time.
There were 218 questions that were still outstanding and if they were not answered by Friday they would lapse. Mazibuko said these questions related to the president and the Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula about the construction of Zuma’s Nkandla house.
She said a mechanism created to get ministers to account was being undermined by members of the cabinet for not answering the questions on time.