Mbete tells MPs to accept report findings
PARLIAMENT has warned MPs from questioning the credibility of a report which found that most of the people in the written submissions did not want an amendment to the Constitution to expropriate land without compensation.
Speaker Baleka Mbete told parties they needed to respect processes followed by Parliament to commission a company to compile a report on the submissions made.
Out of the 149 000 submissions, the report found that 89 000 people did not want expropriation without compensation. The other 60 000 were in favour of the process to amend the Constitution. The EFF has questioned the report. Mbete told the programming committee that it would look into the matter and would shortly meet some officials in the national legislature.
But she insisted that it was not correct to question the report and processes followed by Parliament to get the company.
“I agree that if aspersions are cast on the mechanism we are using, it is not good. I don’t think we should allow a process where there are pronouncements in the public,” said Mbete.
House chairperson Cedric Frolick said the report was not yet complete.
The company had finalised a preliminary report into 149 000 out of 700 000 written submissions.
This was not a complete picture of what the final report would be, said Frolick.