http://www.polity.org.za
Deepening Democracy through Access to Information
Home / News / South African News RSS ← Back
Defence|Services|Baleka Mbete|Dennis Gamede|Emmanuel Mlambo|Jacob Zuma|Mnyamezeli Booi|Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula|Sarel Marais|Shahid Esau|Thandi Modise
Defence|Services|
defence|services|baleka-mbete|dennis-gamede|emmanuel-mlambo|jacob-zuma|mnyamezeli-booi|nosiviwe-mapisanqakula|sarel-marais|shahid-esau|thandi-modise
Close

Email this article

separate emails by commas, maximum limit of 4 addresses

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.

Sponsored by

Close

Article Enquiry

Defence committee to ask minister about Sona army deployment letter

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.
Close

Embed Video

1

Defence committee to ask minister about Sona army deployment letter

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

17th February 2017

By: News24Wire

SAVE THIS ARTICLE      EMAIL THIS ARTICLE

Font size: -+

Parliament's joint standing committee on defence says it will ask Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula for more information around the deployment of 441 soldiers for the State of the Nation Address (Sona).

MPs on Friday adopted the letter President Jacob Zuma had sent on February 2, alerting Parliament to the deployment of the soldiers during Sona for the purposes of maintaining "law and order".

Advertisement

Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Sarel Marais wanted to know if it would have been possible for Zuma to have informed the committee sooner, seeing as it was "technically" in session during the week the letter was sent.

He also wanted to discuss the fact that the soldiers were patrolling in the precinct on the night of Sona, despite assurances from Speaker Baleka Mbete and Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana that their duties would be ceremonial.

Advertisement

He said there were clear differences between what was promised and what happened on the night.

African National Congress (ANC) MP Mnyamezeli Booi said the committee was not in a position to answer those questions, and suggested Mapisa-Nqakula be asked if she would attend a committee meeting to elaborate.

ANC MP Dennis Gamede said it would be more appropriate for the presiding officers to also supply details around the signing off on the 441 soldiers and their duties on the night.

DA MP Shahid Esau said there is nothing the committee can do about the letter now other than to accept it as a formality. He said the committee should focus on getting answers from the ministry.

Joint chairperson Emmanuel Mlambo said the committee will ask the minister for a meeting.

It will write to Mbete and National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise for their input on the letter and the use of the army's services on the night.

EMAIL THIS ARTICLE      SAVE THIS ARTICLE

To subscribe email subscriptions@creamermedia.co.za or click here
To advertise email advertising@creamermedia.co.za or click here

Comment Guidelines

About

Polity.org.za is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Polity.org.za is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Free daily email newsletter Register Now
Register Close