21 March 2018

South Africa: Parliament - Mabuza's Past Comes Knocking in First Q&A Session

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Deputy President David "DD" Mabuza's past came back to haunt him on Tuesday during his maiden question session in the House. But ANC MPs and Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli moved to protect him from the uncomfortable questions on political killings in Mpumalanga, the province Mabuza presided over until recently, or his role in the so-called Premier League ANC lobby group for former president Jacob Zuma. Mabuza's strategy? Pick and choose, leaving opposition parties with more waffle than ice cream.

Tuesday's question slot in the National Assembly publicly cemented Deputy President David "DD" Mabuza's transition from the provincial to national political stage. He moved through his pre-scripted, flowery replies touting "collective action" in this the new dawn, but the responses to the unprepared follow-up questions were a little less polished.

The former Mpumalanga premier could not quite shake his past, particularly around a series of political killings of mostly whistleblowers, dubbed the January killings, that unfolded over a series of years after Mabuza became premier there following the 2009 elections.

That question was asked by DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen as a follow-up - the unscripted part of the question slot where the main questions are sent through...

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