• All Share : 53295.64
    UP 1.08%
    Top40 - (Tradeable) : 47809.88
    UP 1.09%
    Financial 15 : 16616
    UP 0.76%
    Industrial 25 : 70632.55
    UP 0.64%
    Resource 10 : 37439.51
    UP 4.37%

  • ZAR/USD : 13.3512
    UP 0.35%
    ZAR/GBP : 20.4087
    UP 0.01%
    ZAR/EUR : 15.1585
    UP 0.02%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.1105
    ZAR/AUD : 9.7943
    DOWN -0.10%

  • Gold US$/oz : 1138.88
    Platinum US$/oz : 949.05
    Silver US$/oz : 15.7
    Palladium US$/oz : 701.2
    Brent Crude : 52.63

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by Profile Data
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Sat Oct 10 18:06:58 SAST 2015

ANC whip supports call to exhaust Parliament rules for internal disputes

Sapa | 02 January, 2013 12:53
ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga. File photo.

The office of the ANC chief whip on Wednesday voiced support for a call by Speaker Max Sisulu for political parties to exhaust Parliament's internal dispute resolution processes before going to court.

"It is our observation that this increasing new tendency to run to courts is symptomatic of a general lack of knowledge or misinterpretation of the rules of Parliament," Mathole Motshekga's office said.

Sisulu last week urged parties to use the current review of the parliamentary rules to voice their grievances, rather than go to court.

The Speaker recalled he had instituted a comprehensive review of the rules to align them with the Constitution, and said the process had "begun in earnest".

Opposition parties in November sought a court order forcing Parliament to debate a no confidence motion in President Jacob Zuma before the end of that month. It was rejected by both the Western Cape High Court and the Constitutional Court.

However, Judge Dennis Davis, in his ruling in the Western Cape High Court, found the parliamentary rules lacked the necessary mechanism to resolve a deadlock as such that occurred over the scheduling of the debate.

But he held it was not for the court to dictate to Parliament how to conduct its business, and also warned there was a danger of drawing "the judiciary into every and all political disputes".

Motshekga's office said it agreed with Sisulu that parties must use the rules review to air their grievances, and contribute to fixing any gap that might exist in that framework.

It added that once the process was complete, Parliament should consider running a compulsory workshop for MPs on its revised rules.

"We are hopeful that this will go a long way in cushioning Parliament against unnecessary, hostile political battles, which result in abuse of the courts."


If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.