ActionSA Calls for the Immediate Resignation and Arrest of the Speaker of the National Assembly

ActionSA is urgently calling for the resignation and immediate arrest of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula MP, since it has emerged that she allegedly solicited and accepted bribes in bags of cash from a South African National Defence Force contractor.  

The recent urgent application, launched to interdict her arrest, amounts to nothing but vexatious litigation aimed at no other purpose but to delay her day in court.

Ms. Mapisa-Nqakula is no stranger to controversy during her tenure as the Minister for Defence and Military Veterans. It is well established, and through the Speaker’s own astonishing admission, that she chartered an SANDF jet to illegally smuggle her late son’s Burundian girlfriend from the Democratic Republic of the Congo despite not carrying a valid passport.

The SANDF, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic, is tasked with the protection of the territorial integrity of the Republic of South Africa. The Speaker’s conduct in this regard amounted to a gross violation of the mandate of the SANDF, and accordingly, it was warranted for her to be charged.

Her second documented infraction, in a long list of a litany of errors, was the finding of the Public Protector that the SANDF suffered financial prejudice when the Speaker ferried an ANC delegation to and from Zimbabwe, using once more an SANDF private jet. The Public Protector remarked that her behaviour “constituted an improper advantage and unlawful enrichment” towards the ANC, as is outlined in the Public Protector Act.

This blatant abuse of power with no due regard for the rule of law, moreover, from an individual who was tasked with political oversight of such a critical portfolio that, by all intents and purposes, warrants an exceptional individual beyond reproach, is synonymous with her character and has unfortunately come to define her leadership over the Department of Defence.

ActionSA accordingly calls for her immediate resignation as Speaker of the National Assembly, that she be arrested, criminally prosecuted, and, if found guilty, must bear the full brunt of the criminal justice system without fear or favour. It cannot be accepted that we have one set of laws for the poor and another for the rich and powerful. We are all supposed to be equal before the law.

We commend law enforcement where credit must be given, the Investigative Directorate, for swiftly responding to these allegations and for preparing to charge her.