In response to an oral question which I put to the Deputy President in the National Council of Provinces this afternoon, Deputy President Ramaphosa agreed that the exercise of democracy in all spheres of government must respect the will of the people and aance the rule of law within our constitutional order.
In reply to my question, the Deputy President stated:
“… I believe that as democrats, we all subscribe to those principles and indeed we all want those principles to be exercised, particularly in relation and in accordance with the laws of the land, the constitution, and they should all be to aance the rule of law.”
The Deputy President’s reply finds particular application in Oudtshoorn Municipality, where a minority ANC-led coalition has refused to relinquish control of the municipality to the democratically elected DA-led coalition. On 7 August 2013, the DA acquired majority representation on the Oudtshoorn Council by winning the by-election in Ward 13. For over a year, however, the ANC has frustrated the DA’s efforts to convene a Council meeting and even refused to consider motions of no confidence in the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Speaker, despite a court order compelling them to do so.
The ANC’s failure to respect the will of the people of Oudtshoorn is a flagrant disregard for not only the democratic principles which underpin our Constitution, but also the rule of law.
If the Deputy President does indeed believe that each sphere of government must respect the will of the people, then I call on him, in his capacity as Deputy President of the ANC, to put his words into action in Oudtshoorn by:
Reprimanding the conduct of his ANC colleagues in Oudtshoorn
Ordering the ANC to relinquish control of the municipal council to the DA and
Restoring democracy and the rule of law to Oudtshoorn.
Disciplining those members of the ANC that are responsible for undermining the will of the people in Oudtshoorn.
I will write a letter to the Deputy President to inform him of exactly what is going on in Oudtshoorn and to request his immediate intervention.
Member of NCOP
Source : Democratic Alliance