DA demands ‘Princess Stella’ be disciplined for ignoring parliament

The DA has called for disciplinary proceedings to be instituted against communication and digital technologies minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams for ignoring parliament.

Communication and digital technologies minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
Image: Gallo Images/Jeffrey Abrahams

DA MP Phumzile Van Damme said in a statement on Monday that Ndabeni-Abrahams had twice disregarded parliament on issues pertaining to the appointment of councillors for the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) council.

Van Damme said Ndabeni-Abrahams had gone ahead, appointing five Icasa councillors at the weekend despite parliament insisting earlier on the appointment of six councillors.

Van Damme charged that Ndabeni-Abrahams had written to the speaker last month rejecting the National Assembly’s proposed list of candidates to serve on the council —  which violated the constitutional principle of the separation of powers.

Now it was time for speaker Thandi Modise to take disciplinary action, said Van Damme.

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