DA calls for Baleka Mbete's removal as speaker

The party says the National Assembly speaker failed to do her job, abused her position & favours the ANC.

Speaker Baleka Mbete addresses the media during a briefing held at Parliament on Friday 14 November 2014 following disruptions the previous day. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has again called for Baleka Mbete to be removed as speaker of the National Assembly.

This follows the chaos that ensued after she tried to block a debate around Nkandla, which had apparently been agreed to by the chief whips of parties in Parliament.

DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane has accused Mbete of failing to do her job.

"Baleka Mbete has consistently favoured the African National Congress (ANC) over opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) and is clearly executing Luthuli House's agenda."

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The party believes Mbete has lost control of the house and destroyed her credibility.

The DA's John Steenhuisen says, "She started to try and shut down the opposition. She abused her position."

The party has also strongly objected to the use of riot police in Parliament.

It has written to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, asking him to ensure that they never be allowed to be in the chamber.