Pemmy Majodina, ANC Chief Whip, is standing behind controversial chairpersons of parliamentary committees until they have been convicted in court. This comes despite public backlash for the appointment of the dubious characters.
Pemmy Majodina maintains that the MPs elected to preside over parliamentary committees have not been found guilty of any wrongdoing.
The ANC Chief Whip says it is her duty to stand behind and support the politicians, commenting that:
“We are dealing with human beings. Some will have their errors. Others will be accused. As a chief whip, I have a right to support our members wherever they find themselves in corners.”
Majodina says that, as a party, the ANC is striving for integrity and good ethics, adamant that if further investigation is needed then she will be informed about members' progress.
The Chief Whip says that the chairpersons have been cleared by the ANC's Integrity Commission, commenting that until they are formally charged, they are allowed to participate in any capacity:
“We can’t allow any South African citizen to be tried on the streets. But if those things come in a formal meeting, then one has to listen. We are a listening organisation."
Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance had condemned the appointment of politicians such as Supra Mahumapelo and Bongani Bongo to chair the committees.
The opposition party now intends to lay official complaints with Parliament's presiding officials, reports M&G.
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