The speaker’s 46-day delay is ‘arrogant’ and not in SA’s best interests
Constitutional activist Lawson Naidoo says he thinks the delay by speaker Baleka Mbete in announcing her decision on the no confidence ballot "smacks of arrogance" and is not in the best interests of the country.Addressing the Cape Town Press Club on Monday afternoon, Naidoo said that had Mbete taken a decision shortly after receiving political party submissions on July 14‚ it would have been difficult to argue that her decision was irrational because there was a "strong argument for openness and transparency" in the way in which Parliament conducts its business. But‚ he said the 46-day delay "calls into question her bona fides", especially given threats of violence and intimidation of MPs."There is no way the delay can be said to be in the best interests of Parliament‚" said Naidoo, who is executive secretary for the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution.Naidoo also questioned Mbete’s ability to remain neutral in the debate. In July‚ Mbete told media on the ...
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