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AD HOC COMMITTEE ON COMMENTS BY MINISTER P M MADUNA REGARDING THE AUDITOR-GENERAL
18 August 1998
DECISION BY COMMITTEE
In this final meeting the committee voted that Minister P Maduna had contravened Rule 99 of the Parliamentary Rules and Procedures and that he must retract the statements he had made. It also decided that Rule 99 limits freedom of speech in so far as parliamentarians are concerned.
The meeting was opened promptly by the committee chairperson, Lindiwe Ngwane (ANC).
Advocate H Naidu who was council for the defendant said that rule 99 had not been contravened because the comments had been made during question time in a parliamentary debate.
Mr Hofmeyr (ANC) said that the contrary was true of rule 99. If rule 99 is not applicable, during question time, then it all becomes absurd. This would result in the minister doing what he wants, in that he could defame, insult and even stifle parliament at will. There would be no control .
In conclusion, the committee voted that the minister had acted inappropriately, and had contravened rule 99 and section 103 of the Constitution.
Mr Hofmeyr asked him to withdraw or retract the statements he had made in parliament. The minister did retract his statements.
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