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DA: Parly’s reputation cannot be restored under Mbete’s leadership

The DA says Baleka Mbete missed a prime opportunity to apologise to the nation and should step down.

FILE: National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says Parliament's reputation cannot be restored under National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's leadership.

The party's chief whip was reacting to Mbete's response earlier today to last week's damning Constitutional Court judgment.

On Thursday, the Constitutional Court ruled that President Jacob Zuma failed to uphold and defend the Constitution in the Nkandla matter, p rompting Zuma to apologise to the nation.

The court also found that the National Assembly failed in its constitutional duty to hold the executive to account because it adopted a resolution exonerating the president.

In welcoming the judgment as instructive, Mbete told reporters at Parliament she had no plans to step down.

DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen says she should.

"We need a Parliament that works, that holds the executive accountable and is able to hold the president and its ministers accountable in terms of the Constitution in a way without fear or favour. Mbete has displayed the fact continuously during her term that she is unable to distinguish her role as the chairperson of the African National Congress from the speaker of Parliament. We believe that she should steps down."

The DA also says Mbete missed a prime opportunity to apologise to the nation.

Steenhuisen said, "What we would rather have seen is the Speaker admitting that she had presided over a process that had essentially undermined the Constitution, accepting the fact that the Constitutional Court had left Parliament's reputation in tatters and accepting the fact that new leadership is needed in Parliament to restore its integrity as an institution of oversight over the executive."

Meanwhile, parties are set to debate the DA's impeachment motion against President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday.

'NOT RESIGNING'

Neither of Parliament's presiding officers believe they should step down in the wake of the judgment.

Modise took part in the briefing, although the Nkandla matter was dealt with exclusively by the National Assembly and which was found by the court to have flouted the Constitution.

A journalist asked, "Does the Speaker of the National Assembly and the chairperson of the NCOP consider resigning?"

Modise replied, "The Speaker will speak for herself, I certainly will not consider resigning."

Mbete also gave her response, "May I also publicly say that I am not, nor do I believe there will be a reason shortly to decide to resign. So I am not considering resigning."

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