Deputy President David Mabuza’s ongoing illness, affects his executive position within Government Business in Parliament.
“Section 91(4) of the Constitution empowers the President to appoint a member of the Cabinet to be the leader of government business in the National Assembly”.
The DA said Mabuza’s ill health is of great concern to the nation and is continuing to prevent Parliament from holding Government and the Presidency to account. They said he must account for National State of Disaster and in light of the Covid-19 corruption.
“It is important that someone be appointed to fulfil the role of Leader of Government business,” said DA.
Thursday’s postponed oral questions session is the seventh time since 19 September 2019, that Mabuza has failed to answer questions in Parliament.
According to DA in 2019, he also missed sessions on 17 October, 21 November and 27 November. And this year he failed to give account to the National Council of Provinces on 24 July, and the National Assembly on 30 July and 20 August.
Mabuza’s ill health seems to perpetually hamper the execution of his duties in this regard and is derailing the work of Parliament and potentially the work of Government.
“It’s to critical that the President makes an urgent announcement on this situation,” they said.
He has no need to disclose the details of Mabuza’s illness, as he, like all South Africans, have a right to privacy when it comes to his personal health.
The DA calls on the President to use the powers that he has to appoint a Leader of Government Business who will be able to come to account to Parliament and the South African public.