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DA to lodge complaint against Mathole Motshekga

This follows an incident on Thursday when two DA MPs stormed out of a meeting of the committee.

Mathole Motshekga. Picture:GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will lodge a complaint against Parliament's Justice Committee chairman Mathole Motshekga.

This follows an incident on Thursday when two DA MPs stormed out of a meeting of the committee, where National Prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams was presenting the NPA's annual report.

Opposition MPs wanted clarity from Abrahams on his decision to put Nomgcobo Jiba in charge of national prosecutions, but Motshekga shut down questions from the DA and the ACDP.

Jiba's appointment is controversial because her conduct has been criticized in two court judgments, and she's also the subject of a Bar Council probe.

DA MPs, Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach and Werner Horn say they will take the matter up with National Assembly house chairperson, Cedric Frolick.

"It's unacceptable that he closed down our duty to interrogate this matter, the working of the committee depends on him being impartial."

Motshekga defended his action: "You can't here come and discuss a matter that is before the courts because that may prejudice affected people."

He denied he was protecting Jiba but said he was just doing his job in protecting the law.

"I've no basis to protect anyone; I'm protecting the Constitution and the law."

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