ISSUED BY MASILO MABETA, MP
UDM CAUCUS CHAIRPERSON
UDM Caucus this morning discussed the upcoming debate regarding the Speaker's
conduct. The ANC decision to deal with the Speaker/Holomisa issue through a
debate in the House raises serious concerns. A matter is now put before
the House for debate even though it has not been properly investigated.
The UDM indicated that we prefer that an ad-hoc committee investigate the
matter. Using their numbers muscle, the ANC decided that the matter would
be dealt with in a debate. The UDM remains of the opinion that this option
does not provide the opportunity to get to the crux of the matter.
The debate will be ANC dominated and the outcome thereof is a forgone
conclusion. In an attempt to balance this undesirable situation the UDM
requested 15 minutes for the debate. The UDM was informed at the Whips
forum that it would only receive 4 minutes. Other than that, no official
response from the ANC was received. This is clearly not enough time to
substantiate the matter at hand. Furthermore the UDM believes that we are
"accused number one" in this debate and therefore should be allowed to
respond following the ANC's opening remarks. Failure by the ANC to
compromise on these two basic and logical points clearly indicates that they are
not interested in resolving the issue, but merely wants to use the opportunity
and the House to rubberstamp support for the Speaker.
It is unfortunately true that this approach underlines the original complaint.
31 May 2001