09 December 2018


Members want more authority for Pan African Parliament

by: Nthusang Lefafa   date: 11 May 2018

New members of the Pan African
Parliament (PAP) believe that the 255 member body which represents 55 African Union (AU) states should be given legislative authority.
The PAP is holding its session from
this pat Monday (May 7) to next Friday under the theme, “Winning the fight against corruption: A sustainable path to Africa’s transformation”.
Each African state is represented by fi ve members and South Africa is represented
by new members National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson Thandi Modise, National Assembly House Chairperson for Internal Arrangements Thoko Didiza, Chief Mandlesizwe Zwelivelile Mandela, Economic Freedom
Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and
Santosh Vinita Kalyan who will be staying on for another two-year term.
Modise said the PAP should not only be looking at okaying and rectifying treaties
but also contribute to growth and development on the African continent.
“We should not only be looking at rectifying treaties but dealing with economic development and promoting peace and
stability on the continent. What is also important is that our understanding of democracy varies between different
countries and other nations. Other countries do not want to lose their sovereignty and they want to cling onto it. You cannot come in with a hammer because when constituted, the PAP did not look into legislature. It is important that we defi ne
certain things together so that we can move forward together as a continent,” she said.
The PAP, also known as the African New PAP Members that represent South Africa - EFF’s Julius Malema, the ANC’s Thoko Didiza, Thandi Modise and Chief Mandla Mandela at
the PAP opening on Monday Photo by Parliament
Parliament, is the legislative body of the AU and held its inaugural session in
March 2004. The PAP exercises oversight, and has advisory and consultative
powers, lasting for fi ve years. In the beginning, the seat of the PAP
was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia but it was later moved to Midrand, South Africa. Malema, said he is happy that the South
African Parliament has sent a senior
delegation to the PAP so that it can be given legislative authority.
“The PAP can’t intervene because it doesn’t have teeth to bite (legislative authority).
I’m happy that the South African Parliament has taken a decision to send
their senior leadership to this institution to put pressure on our own parliament to
sign the Malabo protocol. This will enable us to move around the continent encouraging
other countries to sign the same protocol, giving the institution teeth to bite.
“The PAP must legislate, it must hold countries accountable. Most African
countries do not adhere to principles of democracy, they do not respect democratic
outcomes, there is a lot of institutionalised corruption and other unacceptable conduct that is being done in many
other countries,” said the EFF leader. The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) is
one of the nine organs proposed in the
1991 Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community (Abuja Treaty). Its
purpose, as set out in article 17 of the AU Constitutive Act, is “to ensure the full
participation of African peoples in the development and economic integration of the continent”.
The Parliament is intended as a platform for people from all African
states to be involved in discussions and decision-making on the problems and
challenges facing the continent