Babalo Ndenze28 March 2024 | 10:39

Parties calling for Mapisa-Nqakula's head must allow legal process to play out – Mashatile

Deputy President Paul Mashatile was quizzed by MPs about the allegations that Mapisa-Nqakula received millions in kickbacks during her tenure as the defence minister.

Parties calling for Mapisa-Nqakula's head must allow legal process to play out – Mashatile

FILE: Deputy President Paul Mashatiile. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Paul Mashatile says parties calling for Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s head must allow the legal processes to play out.

Opposition members of Parliament (MPs) quizzed Mashatile about the allegations faced by Mapisa-Nqakula of receiving millions in kickbacks for her residence.


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Mashatile was back before the National Assembly on Thursday morning to account to MPs for the last time before the current term ends this week.

Mapisa-Nqakula may have taken special leave but the opposition is still adamant that she be removed.

Democratic Alliance chief whip Siviwe Gwarube asked Mashatile whether his party, the African National Congress, would support her motion of no confidence against the speaker.

“Will the ANC, which you lead deputy president, support this motion in order to restore public trust in Parliament?”

Mashatile said he was aware of the motion but urged parties to allow the legal process to unfold.

“If she was to be charged with these alleged offences she’s prepared to step down. So, my approach is that let’s give those processes an opportunity so that we can know exactly what is happening.”

At the moment, he said, all that remains are allegations and it would be premature to ask her to resign.