Mazibuko looks back on difficult year

Lindiwe Mazibuko says Parliament was unable to discuss issues of national importance.

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday blamed the ANC chief whip for Parliament not being able to debate issues of national importance.

The criticism comes a day after Mathole Motshekga tore into DA Members of Parliament (MPs), accusing them of rowdy behaviour during National Assembly sittings.

In November, opposition parties were unable to have a debate on a motion of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma because the ANC did not believe it was an urgent matter.

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said, "Parliament has had a very difficult year in a sense that we have been working very hard to make it more relevant and discuss issues of national importance. We have faced a lot of resistance from the ANC in trying to execute our duties."

Both Mazibuko and DA Chief Whip Watty Watson were criticised during Motshekga's assessment of the parliamentary year.

He singled out an incident when DA MPs banged their fists on their desks during a heated debate.

Motshekga described the incident as the most disgraceful day in Parliament during 2012.

Meanwhile, the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday dismissed a case by Cope leader Mosioua Lekota relating to him being thrown out of the National Assembly.

The ruling party condemned opposition parties for running to courts instead of resolving issue through parliamentary processes.