DA MP says a lot is happening while Parliament is standing on the sidelines and refusing to exercise its oversight function
Speaker’s silence is reducing Parliament to a spectator once again on the electricity crisis
3 October 2022
“National Assembly Speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, has once again given the executive a free pass to do as they please with no accountability. Not addressing our request for an Ad-hoc committee to oversee President Cyril Ramaphosa’s National Energy Crisis Committee undermines Parliament’s oversight function.” said DA Shadow Minister of Energy, Kevin Mileham.
Today marks exactly one week since the DA wrote to Mapisa-Nqakula recommending that Parliament takes immediate steps to establish a parliamentary Ad-hoc committee to oversee National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM) and the implementation of President Ramaphosa’s energy plan.
Based on this 5-point energy plan, NECOM is expected to oversee the budget for Eskom’s power station maintenance programme, a cross-departmental suite of regulatory waivers to enable new generation capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) and adherence to set timelines. Parliament cannot afford to standby and be a spectator, especially over an executive that has a poor record on implementation.