DA welcomes resignation of Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as the Speaker of the National Assembly

Issued by Siviwe Gwarube MP – Chief Whip of the Official Opposition
03 Apr 2024 in News

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The DA welcomes the resignation of Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula from her position as the Speaker of the National Assembly. We have long called for this resignation when allegations of corruption and money laundering were levelled against her.

We believe that anyone who holds this high office should be beyond reproach; and Ms Mapisa-Nqakula is not suited for it.

While we are unable to move the Motion of no Confidence against her anymore or pursue the case against her in the Ethics Committee, we do believe that law enforcement agencies must now move with speed to conclude the matter.

The DA will seek advice on the complaint against Mapisa-Nqakula and the Chairperson of the NCOP, Mr Masondo as it relates to the hiking of the Secretary to Parliament’s salary before the Powers and Privileges Committee. This is important as it relates to the institution and has implications on individuals who are still in Parliament. We cannot allow this matter to go unanswered.

It is critical that we instil a culture of accountability with those entrusted with public office. The law must apply to all with equal measure and consistency.

This resignation is a victory for accountability and Parliament. And by extension the people of South Africa. Parliament cannot be a refuge for some of the worst among us. Those entrusted to lead and represent South Africa must be up to the task.