Parliament says National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, in consultation with political parties, will appoint an independent panel of experts to investigate any prima facie evidence against President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Zungula invoked Section 89 of the Constitution and the Rules of the National Assembly, which deals with the impeachment of a President.
Parliament says the panel must make a recommendation to the speaker within 30 days if there is sufficient evidence of constitutional violations by the president.
Parliament says the panel’s referral does not constitute a parliamentary impeachment hearing, but an assessment by legal and constitutional experts of the evidence presented to determine whether it is appropriate to allow a further hearing on the motion’s behalf.
“The rules state that the panel must be composed of three suitable, competent, experienced and respected South African citizens, of whom a judge may be a member, who together have the necessary legal and other skills and experience to carry out the preliminary assessment of the application. If a judge is to be appointed, the Speaker must do so in consultation with the Chief Justice. In this regard, the Speaker will today urge all political parties represented in the National Assembly to nominate candidates for the body on or before Wednesday, September 1, 2022 at 4 p.m. Any nomination must be in writing and include the full names of the nominees and a justification focusing specifically on the requirements of the applicable rules,” said Parliament Speaker Moloto Mothapo.
In March, the National Assembly debated a motion of no confidence in President Ramaphosa:
Mapisa-Nqakula to appoint panel of experts to investigate primacy evidence against Ramaphosa – SABC News
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