'Baleka Mbete has full backing of ANC'
Kebby Maphatsoe says opposition MPs are 'day dreaming' if they think Baleka Mbete can be forced out.
JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe says opposition parties are 'day dreaming' if they believe they'll be able to force National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete out of her job.
Last week, chaos erupted in Parliament which lead to armed public order police being called into the National Assembly to restore order.
Mbete lost control of the house on Thursday night, when opposition parties clashed during a debate on the Nkandla ad-hoc committee's report.
The committee found that President Jacob Zuma is not responsible for the overspending on upgrades to his KwaZulu-Natal home.
But Maphatsoe says Mbete has the full backing of the governing party.
"The opposition party must wait for another five years to see whether they can have a majority in Parliament. We have confidence in the leadership of Baleka Mbete. They can make their noise, its fine."
Democratic Alliance's (DA) Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane at the weekend accused the Parliamentary speaker 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."
The DA believes Mbete has lost control of the house and destroyed her credibility.
Meanwhile, the ANC has slammed as mischievous reports that Zuma demanded ANC MPs to "use their numbers to crash the opposition."
The Sunday Times reported that Zuma allegedly made the demands during an National Executive Council meeting in September.
The paper claims Zuma asked MP's to stop being "accommodating" to those who challenge the ANC's authority.