Mapisa-Nqakula’s corruption claims described as a huge dent

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Political analyst, Levy Ndou, says whether guilty or not, the corruption allegations levelled against the Speaker of Parliament, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula are damaging to the image of the ANC and Parliament.

Yesterday, Mapisa-Nqakula’s Johannesburg home was raided by the NPA’s Investigating Directorate as part of their probe dating back to 2017.

A former contractor has accused Mapisa-Nqakula of soliciting bribes to the tune of R2.3 million during her tenure as the defence minister.

The contractor revealed that in one instance a cash payment of R400 000 was allegedly delivered to Mapisa-Nqakula’s home in Bruma.

It is alleged that the National Assembly Speaker would purposely delay payments for work done by the contractors if bribes were not paid.

The raid meant that the Speaker could not preside over President Cyril Ramaphosa’s last Q&A session before the general elections.

Political parties have subsequently called for Mapisa-Nqakula to step down amid investigations.

Ndou says if it was in another country the Speaker wouldn’t even have to be told what she needs to do.

“Unfortunately in our situation, you will have those who put an emphasis that this could be a smear campaign or some who will say that we need to wait for law enforcement agencies to act.”

The ANC Chief Whip, Pemmy Majodina, says the party will respond to the allegations in due time.

She says it is also important to note that there have been no findings against the Speaker, yet.

“We regard the Hawks as an agent that is separate from Parliament and let’s allow the due process to unfold. At the moment we don’t know what their findings are and it will be premature for us to comment negatively or positively as caucus members.

“Everyone must be given the benefit of the doubt, up until there is a concrete report on the findings and recommendations thereof, at the moment we are also watching the space.”

The DA’s chief whip, Siviwe Gwarube, says Mapisa-Nqakula’s continued presence in office undermines the integrity of the National Legislature.

“To retain public trust in the institution, Mapisa-Nqakula must step down. She cannot be entrusted with this high office. It is important that those occupying such positions demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and accountability.”

She says the official opposition will be taking further steps against the Speaker.

“The Speaker is expected to lead by example and ensure that Members of the Executive and Parliament adhere to their oath of office.

“However, the seriousness of the allegations against the Speaker raises significant doubts about her ability to fulfil this crucial role.”

Cope has shared the sentiments of many other political parties, saying Parliament cannot be led by individuals who lack integrity.

The party says it will be filing a motion of no confidence against the Speaker if she does not step down within a week.

Mapisa-Nqakula, however, insists that she is innocent and says she has nothing to hide.

Parliament Spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo, says the Speaker cooperated fully during the extensive five-hour search at her home.

“The Speaker’s commitment to serving the public with honour and integrity remains unwavering.”

Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza

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