Response to opposition parties boycott of Free State SOPA

The ANC Free State Caucus has noted the stance taken by opposition parties (Democratic Alliance‚ Economic Freedom Fighters and the Freedom Front Plus) in the
Free State Legislature to boycott the Premier, Cde Ace Magashule’s final state of the province address scheduled for tomorrow evening in Parys. We want to make the point that the Multiparty Whips meeting which was convened to discuss the submission made by the DA for a ‘’matter of urgent public importance-motion of no confidence in the Premier’’ found that the whole process was procedurally flawed and not in accordance with the Rules of the Free State Legislature.

Here is why:
Firstly, the submission was unclear about which of the procedures the DA wanted to have the committee resolve upon as the two (matter for urgent public importance
vis-a-vis motion of no confidence in the Premier) are not synonymous but are in actual fact two distinct processes.

Secondly, the Rules of the Free State Legislature only permit for a motion on a matter of urgent public interest which the DA submitted late after the programming
committee had adopted the programme for the first term.
Thirdly, the Rules do not permit for a motion of no confidence but rather a vote of confidence instead.

Based on the above, the committee resolved that the matter brought forward by the DA was not urgent and upon being aware of this, the DA duly instructed their
legal representative to withdraw their court application for a debate on a motion of no confidence with costs. This to us indicated an apparent lack of understanding of the Rules of the Free State Legislature another desperate attempt to grandstand on the part of the DA. In conclusion, we wish to dismiss the allegations levelled at the Speaker of the Free State Legislature as well the ANC Chief Whip of having frustrated the process which was clearly not in line with the Rules of the Legislature and will discuss what
further action can be taken in correcting this unfounded allegation.

Issued by the Office of the ANC Chief Whip
Phiwe Mathe
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