Mbete tells MPs to ac­cept re­port find­ings

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

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.

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