DA asks Parly speaker to probe Scopa Chair Hlengwa’s conduct in spat with Mavuso

Johannesburg – The Democratic Alliance (DA) has asked the National Assembly Speaker to investigate Inkatha Freedom Party MP Mkhuleko Hlengwa.

Hlengwa chairs the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) and got int a war of words with Eskom board member Busisiwe Mavuso last week at a parliamentary meeting.

He had reprimanded Mavuso after she told the committee that the power utility’s current top brass could not be held responsible for ongoing rolling power cuts, blaming the African National Congress (ANC) for the mess at the power utility.

“You’re not going to come now at midstream of our oversight of Eskom which began in earnest in 2019 for these kind of theatrics. I just won’t stand for it, so I’m suppressing this matter now,” said Mhlengwa during the meeting.

“It wasn’t theatrics chairperson, it was facts,” responded Mavuso.

Mavuso eventually walked out of the meeting.

The DA has written to Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula asking for Hlengwa to be suspended while his conduct is probed.

It seems that the country narrowly missed another round of rolling blackouts.

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