ANC ‘to enforce’ step-aside rule following latest Mapisa-Nqakula ruling

ANC ‘to enforce’ step-aside rule following latest Mapisa-Nqakula ruling

The African National Congress says corruption-accused National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will be asked to step aside.

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa

The High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday morning dismissed Mapisa-Nqakula's bid to block her arrest. 


The Speaker approached the courts last week after a raid on her Johannesburg home.


It's part of an investigation into bribery allegations stemming from the time she was the minister of defence.


Mapisa-Nqakula is currently on special leave.

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ANC spokesperson Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri says they will enforce the step-aside rule.


"We do wish to assure South Africans, members of the ANC, supporters of the ANC and all other patriots that the ANC is committed to respecting the rule of law will then invoke relevant sections of the ANC's constitution."     


At the same time, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said the Speaker must do the right thing and hand herself over to the police. 


Democratic Alliance Chief Whip Siviwe Gwarube, meanwhile, says the court's ruling sends a clear message that the legal process must be allowed to take its course.


"What this decision does is that it affirms the DA's call for the motion of no confidence against Mapisa Nqakula and the urgency with which it must be debated and must be voted on. We have written to the deputy speaker, Lechesa Tsenoli, to make sure that this motion is debated and voted on this week."

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