My first years were tough – Themba
Speaker Themba Msibi has confessed that his first two years in office were tough. “My election, even though it was not opposed, did not result in overwhelming acceptance. Some MPs made it their job to ensure that I did not last. Votes of no confidence were tried, including a Select Committee which looked into my conduct.
“Such activities consumed a lot of our time and distracted us from focusing on our main mandate. We learnt midway in our term that it was in our best interest and that of the country to cooperate.
“It is unfortunate that a lot has not been going for us. When we were up to the task and needed to work as Parliament, we found ourselves confronted with the situation where our Executive was not cooperating. They were not showing up for Parliament business and what we wanted discharged was not done.
“We now find ourselves having to take responsibility for the kind of economic slump we are in. As Parliament, we should have done more, even though it is tough without the full cooperation of the Executive (Cabinet),” Msibi said.