11th September 2014.
The IFP has taken note of the article by Mr
Jan Jan Joubert in today’s /TimesLive /edition, as well as
remarks on radio by the Leader of the Official Opposition in
Parliament, to the effect that the IFP might support the motion
to remove the Speaker of the National Assembly today.
We, as the IFP Caucus in Parliament, want to
state categorically that we have not applied our minds to the
matter. As a Party we only considered this matter in Caucus this
morning when media reports were brought to our attention.
Neither were we present at the meeting and press conference held
yesterday by a number of political parties.
We are the fourth largest Opposition Party in
Parliament. We are a Party that believes in constructive
opposition and therefore do not believe that the removal of the
Speaker will address the immediate and urgent challenges
pertaining to the decorum in the House.
These challenges are constantly arising
because some MPs do not respect or understand the Rules. We are
of the opinion that the removal of the Speaker will not resolve
this pressing challenge.
Issued by the IFP Caucus Chairperson
Mr Alfred Mpontshane MP
Contact: 083 441 6201