Parliament hoping to finalise impeachment process by March

Parliament of South Africa. Image Credits: Ashraf Hendricks

Chairperson for the National Assembly’s rules sub-committee says he hopes that the process for impeaching a sitting president will be finalised by the end of March.

African National Congress (ANC) MP Richard Mdakane says a new draft of the rules to give effect to Section 89 of the Constitution should be ready next Friday and the sub-committee will finalise it on 24 January.

Section 89 provides for the removal of the president on grounds of serious misconduct, serious violation of the Constitution or the law and incapacity.

The Constitutional Court ordered in December that Parliament put proper rules in place to govern the process.

Mdakane says:

“We will try our level best to finalise this work we are doing by the end of March. Because that will involve consultation with parties, we are still doing this thing without delays.”

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says the party want the new rules finalised, approved by the full rules committee and adopted by the National Assembly by next month.

“Hopefully we adopt it by the 14 February in the House. It’s a nice Valentine’s Day gift.”

Democratic Alliance (DA) chief whip John Steenhuisen says he wants no delays but has warned that Parliament’s February programme, with the State of the Nation Address (SONA) and the budget, could require a special sitting to approve the new rules.

[Source: EWN]

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