DA to return to drawing board after Phala Phala motion defeat

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will soon return to the drawing board after its proposed motion to establish an Ad Hoc Committee to investigate the Phala Phala saga was defeated.

On Wednesday, Members of Parliament voted against the DA’s motion.

The saga, which relates to a burglary that happened at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm in Limpopo in 2020, has stimulated robust public debate.

DA Chief Whip Siviwe Gwarube says they are exploring other options of dealing with the saga.

“We have to look at whether or not there are any other legal recourses that would enable us to essentially bring the matter back. We are of the view that we can’t simply sweep this matter under the carpet.”

“That would be setting an incredibly bad precedent about a head of state that was investigated by an independent panel that Parliament had commissioned at a great public cost. Essentially, it is abdicating duty for Members of Parliament to have voted in this way,” adds Gwarube.

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