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Legality of Brian Molefe’s Parliamentary nomination called into question

21 February 2017 1:06 PM

A lack of transparency raises suspicions as to whether Molefe's route to Parliament has been ushered in with integrity.

Lawson Naidoo, Executive Secretary at the Council for the Advancement of SA Constitution, says there are question marks over the integrity of this electoral process.

Without seeing how the nomination has been submitted to the National Assembly, it's difficult to say if the nomination has been legally executed.

Naidoo claims the whole nomination process seems to have been shrouded in "subterfuge and secrecy".

We've been having difficulty getting a straight answer out of either the North West provincial legislature or the speaker's office in the National Assembly to provide us with the correspondence that has been submitted informing them that Molefe will be filling a vacancy.

Lawson Naidoo, Executive Secretary, Council for the Advancement of SA Constitution

A lack of transparency leads to suspicion, he says.

Speaking on The Midday Report, Naidoo also questioned why a trusted body such as the IEC was suddenly being eliminated, creating scope for the integrity of the process to falter.

He pointed out that the IEC plays no role in this process, suggesting there is perhaps a gap in the legislation here.

The filling of a vacancy if a post arises is as much a part of the electoral process as the holding of elections themselves.

Lawson Naidoo, Executive Secretary, Council for the Advancement of SA Constitution

Listen here to an audio clip of Deputy Finance Minister Jonas Mcebisi, EWN's Gia Nicolaides and Lawson Naidoo from the Council for the Advancement of SA Constitution, discuss the matter with Stephen Grootes:


21 February 2017 1:06 PM