ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR HOME AFFAIRS
manner in which the chairperson of the Home Affairs Portfolio Committee of
Parliament, Mr Aubrey Mokoena, conducted the meeting of today leaves the UDM
with no choice but to take the matter to the Chief Whips Forum and the
Chairperson of Committees.
Twice during the meeting MPs of the opposition put motion forward. In both
instances these motions were duly seconded. When opposition parties requested
that a vote on the motions be taken Mr Mokoena stated that he did not
acknowledge the motion. Rules of Parliament are clear on this issue and Mr
Mokoena's disregard for simple meeting procedures is intolerable and negatively
affects the work of the committee.
It is telling that on the first occasion the outcome of such a vote would have
been 5 for and 5 against. With the second motion the ANC would have lost the
vote 5 to 3. Mr Mokoena's claims that he does not acknowledge the motions
because he would like to work on a basis of consensus is hogwash.
Consensus on all issues will not always be achieved and the unilateral action of
Mr Mokoena smacks of authoritarianism.
The Department of Home Affairs is plagued by controversy and problems. Earnest
attempts to address these issues and to contribute to solutions are hampered and
blocked by the Chairperson of the very Committee who should be exercising
oversight over the Department.
Mr Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Home Affairs
082 557 4184
25 September 2001