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Mapisa-Nqakula’s nomination as NA Speaker is outrageous, says DA

Democratic Alliance (DA) has slammed the ANC’s decision to nominate former Defence and Military Veterans  Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as National Assembly Speaker, saying it is an insult to Parliament and the Constitution.

DA Chief Whip, Natasha Mazzone described Mapisa-Nqakula’s nomination by the ANC as nothing new, adding that the party continues to pick the wrong people.

Mazzone says the former Minister is not fit to head Parliament since she does not subscribe to the principles of accountability and transparency as expected of a public official.

Mazzone said in her capacity as Defence and Military Veterans, Minister Mapisa-Nqakula committed several egregious mistakes.

While the ANC keeps painting a positive picture of Mapisa-Nqakula’s stint in government, Mazzone said there’s nothing to celebrate.

“She is an unfit leader because she does not hold accountable and transparent,” Mazzone said.

Her most egregious mistakes include:

  • She smuggled a Burundian woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo to South Africa onboard an Air Force flight, where she had been in a romantic relationship with her late son.
  • She also oversaw the ANC’s trip to Zimbabwe aboard an Air Force flight, which not only violated lockdown laws but also used state resources inappropriately.
  • South African Defence Force (SANDF) reportedly purchased the illegal interferon drug from Cuba under her authority and knowledge.
  • She’s been accused of living in opulence on the expense of taxpayers’ money.
  • Her department botched the investigation into Collins Khosa’s fatal shooting by members of the SANDF.

Mazzone claims she abused her power in several instances and violated ethical principles for personal or political gain

She described Mapisa-Nqakula’s nomination by the ANC as nothing new, as the party continues to pick the wrong people.

“How can the ANC nominate and support someone whose record is littered with violations of the exact ideals that Parliament is supposed to preserve and promote?” “The DA will not support Mapisa-Nqakula’s nomination,” Maszone added.

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