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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 12:41

Acting speaker provisionally grants request to debate MONC against Mapisa-Nqakula.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana. 

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has been provisionally granted their request to table a no-confidence motion against the embattled National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

This after Acting Speaker of the National Assembly, Lechesa Tsenoli, accepted the DA's motion of no confidence against her.

Mapisa-Nqakula has taken special leave amid corruption allegations.

The DA filed the motion last week and stated it felt its hand was forced as the speaker opted to take leave from her role instead of resigning.

The party's Chief whip in parliament Siviwe Gwarube said they would request other political parties to support its motion.

"Mapisa-Nqakula must resign or be removed through a motion of no confidence. Anything less than that will be a mockery of Parliament and more importantly, South Africa," said Gwarube.

Parliament Speaker Moloto Mothapo confirmed the motion of no confidence has been granted.

"The Acting Speaker of the National Assembly has today written to the Chief Whip of the Official Opposition advising her of his decision to accept her proposed motion as being substantively in order" he said.

"On 21 March 2024, the Acting Speaker received a Notice of Motion from the DA Chief Whip proposing the removal of the Speaker from office, citing various allegations of improper conduct. This proposal was made in accordance with Section 54(2) of the Constitution", Mathapo said.

The date for the motion will be announced after consultation with the ANC Chief Whip Pemmy Magondina.

She faces 12 counts of corruption and money laundering.

Mapisa-Nqakula throughout has pledged her cooperation with law enforcement agencies, as she has done also following the ID raid on her Johannesburg home.