SEKHUKHUNE – The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo has called on Limpopo Legislature Speaker, Rosemary Molapo, to speedily institute hybrid legislature sittings.
The DA said that was in order to effectively hold the executive to account and ensure proper conduct of its oversight during the current lockdown.
According to the party, since the start of the lockdown, questions submitted to the legislature for written answers by the executive had been ignored and none had been responded to.
Suzan Phala, DA Whip in Limpopo legislature, said the portfolio committees in the legislature had carried out very little oversight inspection and failed to hold provincial government departments accountable despite allegations of corruption in COVID-19 spending.
Phala said that clearly showed that the legislature had failed to work virtually and that the hybrid sittings could be done in a manner in which some members would attend in person while others attended virtually.
“A limit on the number of members allowed to attend the sittings in person can be set and strict health and safety protocol can be followed. It is disappointing and disingenuous for the ANC Whip for Research and Study Groups in Limpopo legislature, Jerry Maseko, to justify dragging feet on hybrid sittings by saying that the provincial legislature only takes instruction from the National Coronavirus Command Council on how to operate,” said Phala.
She added that during Alert Level 2 of the lockdown, most sectors of the economy were open and learners were back at school, however, the legislature chamber had remained closed.
“It is unacceptable that the members of the legislature are not performing their duties fully and do not physically attend legislature and portfolio committee meetings. We have repeatedly called for Limpopo legislature to start hosting sittings in persons in a sustainable and safe manner,” said Phala.