Parliament has deferred the removal of Judges John Hlophe and Nkola Motata from judicial office to the new year because it does not have a venue for a full sitting to vote on the matter.

Daily Dispatch report says the National Assembly’s Programme Committee decided yesterday a special sitting will be convened in January for MPs to attend in person and vote on whether the suspended Western Cape Judge President and retired Gauteng judge should be impeached.

Considering next week is the last week of Parliament sittings before the December holidays, ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina proposed the matter be deferred to January.

‘Given the tight schedule of the assembly between now and the rise of the house, I see no possibility of tabling that report because it will need physical attendance,’ she said.

Majodina noted some MPS, including herself, were out of the country and would not be able to attend in person.

Her proposal was backed by National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who said there was no hope of getting a venue before Parliament adjourns.

However, the IFP and DA were unconvinced. IFP chief whip Narend Singh said the delay was unfortunate, especially as the Motata matter has been outstanding for years.

‘I agree we can’t do it in the next two days or next week, but we must find the earliest opportunity to deal with those matters.’

The DA’S Siviwe Gwarube echoed Singh’s disappointment.

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