National Assembly 9 and 10 June 2022 incidents: report

Powers and Privileges of Parliament

25 March 2024
Chairperson: Dr M Thlaphe (ANC)
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Meeting Summary


NA: Unrevised hansard – 9 June 2022

NA: Unrevised hansard – 10 June 2022

Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliaments and Provincial Legislatures Act 4 of 2004

Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Amendment Act 9 of 2019

The Powers and Privileges Committee adopted its draft report into allegations of conduct constituting contempt of Parliament by Members of the National Assembly (NA) who disrupted President Cyril Ramaphosa's Budget Vote speech on 9 and 10 June 2022. The Committee will submit the report to the NA for its consideration.
The ten Members were charged for their various roles constituting contempt of Parliament in terms of section 13 (c) of the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act. Some of the Members were charged for both days.
The Members charged on 9 June were:

  • Ms N Ntlangwini
  • Ms B Mathulelwa
  • Ms W T I Mafanya
  • Mr A Matumba

The Members charged on 10 June 2022 were:

  • Ms P Marais
  • Ms N Chirwa
  • Mr S Tambo
  • Ms B Mathulelwa
  • Ms N Tafeni
  • Mr M K Montwedi
  • Ms N Ntlangwini
  • Ms Y Yako
  • Mr A Matumba

In light of its findings of guilt against the affected Members, the Committee recommended that the National Assembly impose the following penalties concerning the affected Members:

  1. An order to apologise in person by all the affected Members in the House to the President, the Speaker and the people of South Africa as determined by the House as set out in section 12(5)(c) of the Act before 29 March 2024;
  2. Concerning Ms Yako and Mr Mafanya, a fine equivalent to 50% of their salary and allowances in terms of section 12(5)(f) of the Act with effect from 1 April 2024;
  3. For Ms Marais, Ms Mathulelwa, Ms Tafeni and Ms Chirwa, a fine equivalent to 30 days of their salary and allowances in term of section 12(5)(f) of the Act with effect from 1 April; and
  4. Suspension of Ms Ntlangwini, Mr Tambo and Mr Montwedi without remuneration for a period of 30 days, whether or not the House or any of its committees is scheduled to meet during that period starting from 1 April to 30 April 2024 as set out in section 12(5)(g) read with section 12(9) of the Act.

Meeting report

The Chairperson opened the meeting by briefly outlining the purpose of the meeting.

Report of the Powers and Privileges Committee on allegations of conduct constituting contempt of Parliament by members of the National Assembly during debate on Budget Vote 1: The Presidency on 9 & 10 June 2022

Adv Victor Ngaleka, Committee Procedural Advisor, apologised for Members receiving the report late noting that the team was delayed by the transcription, which is done by an external company.

He proceeded to take Members through the main points of the report.

Mr N Xaba (ANC) said the report represented the work of the Committee. He highlighted spelling errors to the names of Members reflected in the report for accuracy. He moved to adopt the report for presentation to the National Assembly.

Adv Ngaleka said the error would be amended.

Mr Z Mlenzana (ANC) seconded the motion to adopt the report. He asked about the timeframes for the apology.

Adv Ngaleka responded that he was unsure but it could be amended if Members wished.

Mr Mlenzana said the timeframe should be correctly and accurately reflected in the report according to the Committee discussions.

Dr M Ndlozi (EFF) objected to the findings.

Ms D Dlakude (ANC) pointed out that proper consultations have been done with all Chief Whips of the National Assembly so the report would be dealt with by the House tomorrow. 

See full report here

The meeting was adjourned.


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