DEPUTY President David Mabuza is once again unable to appear before Parliament to answer oral questions from MPs, the Office of the Speaker Thandi Modise has announced just a day before his scheduled appearance on Thursday.
Mabuza was expected to answer oral questions on various developments within government, including the status of investigations related to COVID-19 corruption as well as state-owned entities (SOEs).
This is the third time Mabuza has sought a postponement.
Last month, question and answer sessions in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) and the National Assembly had to be rescheduled after DD also cited his ill-health.
“The speaker of the National Assembly, Thandi Modise, has received correspondence from the deputy president of SA, Mr David Mabuza, requesting the rescheduling of his appearance before National Assembly,” said parliament’s spokesperson Moloko Moloto in a statement.
Mabuza was previously scheduled to answer oral questions in both the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces in July, when he requested alternative dates.
“His appearance before the National Assembly was subsequently rescheduled for Thursday”, said Mothapo.
“The deputy president has once again fully committed to his availability before Parliament once fully recovered.”
The Democratic Alliance (DA) said reasons provided about Mabuza’s absence in Parliament were not persuasive enough.
“The session on Thursday is essential in ensuring the Executive is held to account, and as Leader of Government Business in Parliament, the Deputy President must avail himself to give account of the brazen COVID-19 corruption of his party, the ANC, and government”, said DA spokesperson Solly Malatsi.
Malatsi added: “This is especially important as it is not the first time the Deputy President has used ill health as an excuse to miss Parliamentary question sessions.”
He said the country deserved an explanation on why the deputy president has been a no show.
“So, where is DD Mabuza? He is either seriously ill, and his office is trying to hide that fact, or there is nothing wrong with him and he is simply trying to avoid accountability by claiming ill health whenever he is called to Parliament.”
(COMPILED BY INSIDE POLITICS STAFF)