Parliament gives DD Mabuza green light to answer oral questions with written replies

2020-09-03 11:53:00 PM

National Assembly has given the green light to Deputy President David Mabuza to submit in writing his responses to oral questions after he missed a session due to ill-health last month.

National Assembly has given the green light to Deputy President David Mabuza to submit in writing his responses to oral questions after he missed a session due to ill-health last month.

National Assembly has given the green light to Deputy President David Mabuza to submit in writing his responses to oral questions after he missed a session due to ill-health last month.

Majodina's motion was agreed to without any objections from other parties.This happened as Mabuza was responding to oral questions in the separate session of the National Council of Provinces.The move followed the meeting of the National Assembly programme committee last week when MPs heard of the plans to convert Mabuza's outstanding replies into written responses.

Majodina said at the time the conversion of the question from oral into writing was discussed by the chief whips forum."We were in agreement because the rules have no provision for written replies. Given the situation that we are in let's have a motion in the House that will be a stop-gap measure in the meantime so that those questions are not overtaken by events," Majodina said.

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At its plenary sitting on Thursday, ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina moved a motion that Mabuza be permitted to submit in writing, his replies of oral questions that were due to be given on August 20.Mabuza told MPs on Thursday he was willing to be subjected to the lifestyle audit.CAPE TOWN - Deputy President David Mabuza has told Parliament the government did not know that money set aside to combat the COVID-19 pandemic would be stolen.1 day ago Mabuza has been appointed by Ramaphosa to lead a task team on the sustainability and turnaround of Eskom.

Majodina's motion was agreed to without any objections from other parties. This happened as Mabuza was responding to oral questions in the separate session of the National Council of Provinces. But he will start with himself and members of his Cabinet before the process moves down to provinces and municipalities. The move followed the meeting of the National Assembly programme committee last week when MPs heard of the plans to convert Mabuza's outstanding replies into written responses. Mabuza was asked by the Economic Freedom Fighters whether it was wise to redirect resources away from much-needed services in order to combat the COVID-19 pandemic only for the money to be squandered. Majodina said at the time the conversion of the question from oral into writing was discussed by the chief whips forum. DA MP Tim Brauteseth asked Mabuza if he was willing to face lifestyle audits. "We were in agreement because the rules have no provision for written replies. “We must apologise for the continued disruptions in terms of energy supply.

Given the situation that we are in let's have a motion in the House that will be a stop-gap measure in the meantime so that those questions are not overtaken by events," Majodina said. If that is done, all of us will be subjected to that decision by the president," said Mabuza.” Mabuza defended the allocation of resources to deal with the pandemic. Mabuza missed his oral question and answer session in the National Assembly two weeks ago on advice of his medical team. He had written in the week to National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise asking for a postponement citing ill health. There are no qualms and fussies about that," he said. It was the second time after he missed two other sessions in both the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces.” HOPING ESKOM DIVISION COMPLETED IN TWO YEARS Mabuza said the government hoped that Eskom’s division into three separate divisions will be completed in two years’ time. At one meeting of the program committee, his absence caused uproar when DA MP Jacques Julius noted questions to Mabuza had gone unanswered and that there was some public outcry. He was absent from work for a month and missed some of the sessions in Parliament to answer oral questions.

"It is a real concern as a colleague that we don't get proper explanation with the whereabouts of the deputy president but also what happens to these questions and his work as leader of government business," Julius said. Mabuza's Parliamentary counsellor Hope Papo had described Julius's statements as being"insensitive". We must call on those meetings, like this Friday we are having the Inter-Ministerial Committee on land reform," said Mabuza. The question comes a day after Eskom announced not just stage two, but stage 4 load shedding. He said Mabuza had tendered an apology for the cancelled sessions and had been accepted by Modise, chief whips forumand programme committee. "The deputy president is ready to come and answer the questions but he can't defy his medical team. "I must say the Covid-19 problem took almost all our time. He talks and is walking about but that does not mean if his medical team says 'you must be off' we create an impression that the (deputy) president is in ICU," Papo said. Eskom is being split into separate generation, distribution and transmission entities and members of Parliament wanted to know how long this would take: “Timeline can take up to 2022, hope by that time rest of the whole entity will be completed – in three entities” Mabuza has reiterated there’s no intention to privatise Eskom.

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