5th Parliament swearing in ceremony of NA and NCOP

National Assembly and National Council of Provinces

  Latest Media Statements


Western Cape High Court dismisses Agang case against Speaker

The Office of the ANC Chief Whip welcomes the judgment of the Western Cape High Court dismissing the Agang case which sought to remove Speaker of the National Assembly and declare certain rules governing the motions of no confidence unconstitutional. The Agang case and arguments advanced were bound to fail from the onset, as they were neither based on the law nor the Constitution. It was just another example of opposition parties making the mockery of our judicial system by turning courtrooms into harvest for cheap media publicity through frivolous cases. Laughable as such cases are, they unfortunately clog the court system and unnecessarily frustrates ordinary South Africans access to justice regarding their genuine legal issues.

Apartheid Advocate Kohler-Barnard must be fired from Parliament

The Office of the ANC Chief Whip in Parliament is outraged, but not surprised, by yet another DA public representative's shameless racism and nostalgic endorsement of the apartheid era rule. DA shadow minister for police, Dianne Kohler-Barnard, distributed to her thousands of Facebook followers a racist post in which one of her 'friends' makes racists rants about the ANC government and expressly calls for the return of apartheid rule. The post partly reads: "And so the new head of the Hawks - found to be without integrity and dishonest (sic) by the Court - has suspended ace detective Johan Booysen over a typing error. This is bloody circus. Please come back PW Botha - you were far more honest than any of these ANC rogues, and you provided far better services to the public - we had functioning education system, functioning health system..."

Concourt ruling regarding private party funding

The Office of the ANC chief whip in Parliament welcomes the decision of the Constitutional Court to dismiss the case by My Vote Count to compel Parliament to legislate the disclosure of private party funding. We do not believe that the case was brought in good faith and in the interest of ensuring transparency regarding private funding across the board. Unlike My Vote Count, the ANC takes seriously the issue of transparency, openness and accountability regarding private funding not only for political parties but for civil society organisations as well.

2014/2015 Crime Statistics

The Office of the ANC Chief Whip notes the 2014/2015 crime statistics presented by the police minister and the national police commissioner at the parliamentary portfolio committee on police today. This is the first time since 1994 that the annual crime statistics are presented before the parliamentary committee, which augurs well for the enhanced culture of accountability, transparency and openness by state institutions. It Is indeed a step in the right direction regarding the reaffirmation of Parliament as a true representative of the people of South Africa, and a forum where announcements on such matters of national importance ought to be made.

DA allegations against Parliament staff attempt to divert attention from its sex pest MP

DA chief whip John Steenbuisen's allegations in the weekend paper that parliament's registrar of members' interest, Ms. Fazela Mahomed, leaked confidential information to the ANC regarding complaints lodged with her office are wholly unwarranted, downright defamatory and malicious. Ms. Mahomed's impeccable work ethic, rock-solid integrity and impeccable professionalism during the 21 uninterrupted years that she has held this position has never been questioned.