ANC Caucus statement on the calls for a special sitting of Parliament

2 October 2007

The ANC Parliamentary Caucus notes with concern repeated calls by the Democratic Alliance for Parliament to act in violation the letter and spirit of National Prosecuting Authority Act by undermining the role and responsibilities given to Parliament in terms of this Act.

We reject outright the statement by the DA that action taken by the President of the Republic in terms of the Constitution and any law passed by Parliament could constitute a �crisis� that warrants a special sitting of Parliament.

Parliament must lead by example in respecting the laws it has passed. This includes the National Prosecuting Authority Act which states clearly that Parliament has the final decision with regard to the removal of the National Director of Public Prosecutions.

The proposal made by the DA for a special sitting of Parliament will pre-empt the enquiry required by the Act - as well as any processes that Parliament might at a later stage be required to undertake.

Caucus welcomes the swift announcement that Dr Frene Ginwala, former Speaker of the National Assembly, will lead the enquiry envisaged in the National Prosecuting Authority Act.

Issued by the Office of the Chief Whip

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