This week, Baleka Mbete, the speaker of the national assembly, chose the ANC over the country when she rejected the DA’s request to call parliament back into session to pass urgent legislative amendments, to call officials, experts and ministers to account, and to form an urgent ad hoc joint committee to deal with the Eskom crisis. By declining the DA's request, Mbete aptly demonstrated her inability to preside over parliament impartially. This is not the first time she has displayed her partisan nature. Before the 2014 general elections, Mbete was quoted as saying she would not have formed an ad hoc committee on the Nkandla issue had she been in her predecessor’s shoes. It is patently clear that Mbete’s actions place her consistently squarely at odds with the characteristic traits of accountability, diligence and transparency required from a speaker of the national assembly. Perhaps it is because Mbete knows this crisis has been created by the ANC that she is protecting her party f...

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