New chief whip lashes MPs

The ANC’s Stone Sizani is cracking the whip on absenteeism after there was no quorum to pass a bill.

The ANC’s Stone Sizani is cracking the whip on absenteeism after there was no quorum to pass a bill. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Newly appointed ANC chief whip Stone Sizani on Sunday said he was concerned by poor attendance in the National Assembly.

He said this resulted in a situation where there wasn't a quorum to vote on the Labour Relations Amendment Bill.

Sizani said the party must look at the reasons behind the absenteeism.

He said the ANC will ensure disciplinary action is taken on the basis of facts.

After heated debated on Thursday, Parliament was able to pass the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill.

But officials could not vote on the accompanying Labour Relations Amendment Bill.

Sizani said poor attendance by Members of Parliament (MP)s from all parties cannot be condoned.

The former United Democratic Front member was appointed to the post on Thursday.

He takes over from Mathole Motshekga, who was recalled by the ANC.