Deputy President has made it known to the National assembly that he wouldn’t be available for the questioning session as he claims to still be recovering from an illness.
He was scheduled to answer questions from MPs on Thursday, 20 August 2020 but the parliamentary speaker, Thandi Modise said she got a letter of notice from the deputy president saying that he wouldn’t be present for the session.
The questioning session was for Mabuza to answer questions on concerning general developments in government which involves feedback on the COVID-19 corruption investigation also as state-owned entities.
Last month, he had to reschedule two sessions with National Council of Provinces (NCOP) and therefore the National Assembly after it had been disclosed that he was ill.
Parliament’s spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo during a statement on Tuesday, 18 August 2020 that “Deputy President Mabuza was previously scheduled to answer oral questions in both the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces last month when he requested alternative dates.”
“His appearance before the National Assembly was subsequently rescheduled for Thursday”, said
“The deputy president has once more fully committed to his availability before Parliament once fully recovered”, Mothapo continued.
However, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has seen Mabuza’s ill stated as mere excuses.
“The session on Thursday is important in ensuring the chief is held to account, and as Leader of state Business in Parliament, the Deputy President must avail himself to offer account of the brazen Covid-19 corruption of his party, the ANC, and government”, said DA spokesperson Solly Malatsi.
“This is particularly important because it isn’t the primary time the Deputy President has used unhealthiness as an excuse to miss Parliamentary question sessions”, Malatsi added.