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PARLIAMENT - Members of Parliament have not allowed the Economic Freedom Fighter's invitation of former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela to address the National Assembly.
183 NO— Lester Kiewit (@lesterkk) November 1, 2016
The motion to invited Thuli Madonsela to address a joint sitting of Parliament is not agreed to.
The Economic Freedom Fighters tabled a motion earlier to have Madonsela address a joint sitting.
But the motion was opposed by the African National Congress.
The party argues that former heads of Chapter nine institutions have never addressed joint sittings in the past.
The EFF's Floyd Shivambu has lauded Madonsela, saying she served without fear or favour.
“When Judge Pius Langa addressed the NA it had not happened before why can’t we do that with the chapter nine institution to say that we’re doing it for the first time as the fifth democratic parliament, what is wrong with that lets be sensible and invite advocate Thuli Madonsela…”, Shivambu said.
The move would have seen the former public protector set a precedent, as it’s an honour reserved for dignitaries and visiting heads of states.
The ANC wasn’t keen on moving away from tradition.
ANC chief whip said, "We are being persuaded to vary the convention and practices of the NA to provide for inviting an person who performs his or her duties remarkably but the question is where do we draw the line, does this house invite judges, sportspersons, premiers mayors the list is endless…"
Ultimately the matter was put to the vote but failed to garner enough votes to pass.
Last week, the African National Congress (ANC) blocked an attempt to have Madonsela brief MPs on the state capture report, in what would have been her final appearance in Parliament.
President Jacob Zuma's legal team presented their arguments in the North Gauteng High Court as to why the public protector's state capture report should not be made public.
Co-operative Governance Minister Des Van Rooyen and Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane are also interdicting the report.