ANC Caucus response to DA on GODI

25 October 2005

The ANC Parliamentary Caucus has noted with dismay the Democratic Alliance’s ranting relating to the chairmanship of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts. We express our dismay at the mistruths and public misinformation being peddled by the party representatives in pursuance of narrow party interest.

We would like to state for the record that since 1994 the ANC has upheld the tradition of recommending opposition candidates for the chairpersonship of Scopa. The primary logic behind this is to remove the likely perception that issues arising in SCOPA would not be objectively dealt with due to party loyalty. The ANC does this despite the fact that it is not bound in law to this arrangement. The recommendation of the leader of the Pan Africanist Congress, Temba Godi, should thus be understood in this context.

Godi’s capabilities and leadership pedigree and his veritable record as a diligent public representative are well documented. The notion peddled by the DA that it holds inherent right for the Scopa chairmanship by virtue of being the biggest opposition party is fallacious. The DA is not the only opposition
in fact, there are better and credible opposition parties.

This concerted campaign has nothing to do with the sustenance of good public representation but everything to do with crude advancement of narrow party interest. The latest buffoonery by the DA is a desperate attempt to redeem its credibility to cushion its dwindling popularity by placing itself in strategic positions.

Contact:

Mpho Lekgoro, MP
ANC Caucus Spokesperson
082 413 4908

Moloto Mothapo
Head of Media & Communications
ANC Parliamentary Caucus
Cape Town
082 370 6930
momothapo@parliament.gov.za