A new tone has been set for improved working relationships in the Legislature.Â This follows an agreement between the Democratic Alliance and the whips of the majority party, that motions will be debated in the House this Friday.Â Â In the past the Legislature has too often been sidelined when it comes to debating important issues.
The motions, which the DA felt were of urgent public importance, relates to the H1N1 flu virus and the subsequent death of 27 South Africans so far, and the backlog of someÂ Â Â 19 000 houses which needs to be repaired in the province.
On Friday (subs:Â 4 Sept), members will debate a draft resolution by DA spokesperson for Health, Pine Pienaar, calling on the MEC for Health to submit a comprehensive strategy to this House containing plans and mechanisms-
The second debate will be on a draft resolution by DA Human Settlements spokesperson Dacre Haddon, that:
The DA welcomes this is an important shift in the legislature which signals a new openness from the ruling party to debate the problems in the province.
Only when we debate the hard issues can we hope to find workable solutions.Â No one party has a monopoly over solutions over our provincesâ€™ problems.Â These debates will position the legislature as a stronger force to ensure greater accountability from the departments.
We trust that this affable attitude will continue.Â If we are to find solutions to our troubled province it cannot be business as usual â€“ this new approach is welcome.
For further information, please contact Bobby Stevenson, MPL on 082 775 3444