UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

PARLIAMENT'S HOME AFFAIRS COMMITTEE A DISASTER

STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR HOME AFFAIRS

The 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.

Enquiries:
Mr Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Home Affairs
082 557 4184

Cape Town
25 September 2001