DA wants review of Parliament's rules

DA’s Lindiwe Mazibuko will go to the Constitutional Court in a bid to review Parliament’s rules.

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

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko on Friday said they will be pushing for a review of Parliament's rules in the Constitutional Court this year.

In 2012, eight opposition parties in the National Assembly tabled a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma and wanted an urgent debate on his fitness to hold office.

The parties cited the Marikana killings; the so-called Nkandlagate; the failure to deliver textbooks and workbooks to school children in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape as some of its reasons.

They accused the ANC of trying to block the motion, when the ruling party refused to schedule the debate on the basis that it was not urgent.

The DA took the matter to the Western Cape High Court but their application was dismissed.

Mazibuko said she will be going to the Constitutional Court in March because the DA wants a review of Parliament's rules.

She also wants a stronger focus on topical debates in the National Assembly this year.

Parliament reconvenes in February with President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address.