The DA is delighted that the Speaker, Noxolo Kiviet, has ruled that my original question to the Premier relating to funding for the funeral of former President Nelson Mandela be resubmitted as a matter of priority. For the original question, click here:
For the question as it appeared on the question paper, click here.
We are also delighted that the original question has been referred directly to the Chief Parliamentary Officer for editing purposes in order to avoid having the import, pitch nor substance of the original question being abrogated/changed.
This ruling is very significant, as it serves to ensure that the important process of putting questions to the Executive is protected from any kind of subversion or manipulation. We believe that the Speaker’s ruling is the best possible outcome for all concerned.
It gives the DA the opportunity to put the original questions and provides the Premier the opportunity to take the legislature and the public into his confidence and explain the whole issue dealing with the transfer of R250 000 into his own, private bank account.
The Premier’s request for an apology from me, due to the perceived harm done to his personal reputation by the inference that I had implied that he changed the question and that I had implied that he was “a liar and a cheat” could not be entertained.
I am not prepared to apologise for something I never said nor implied. This matter has been referred to the Ethics Committee apparently for my actions and inferences to be investigated.
As the DA we respect this ruling too, and I look forward to the opportunity to defend my and the party’s integrity in this regard.