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DA calls Zuma to fire Labour Minister

The party says it’s gone through records which show Oliphant hasn't appeared before the committee since 2010.

FILE: Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's calling on President Jacob Zuma to fire Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant because she has never attended a meeting to answer questions in front of Parliament's Labour Portfolio Committee.

The party says it's gone through parliamentary records, which show that since 2010, Oliphant has not appeared before the committee.

It also says she's presided over the Marikana shootings, violent strikes and increasing unemployment.

The DA's Ian Ollis said, "She's completely unaccountable to the parliamentary committee and the ANC [African National Congress] blocks her from being accountable. She doesn't answer parliamentary questions or she [brushes] them off with non-answers."

In May, sparks flew during a fiery debate on Oliphant's budget vote speech in Parliament with Members of Parliament unleashing personal attacks on one another.

The gloves came off when the chairperson of Parliament's labour committee, Lumka Yengeni called the DA a 'lily white party desperate for so called black leaders'.

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