Mbete denies Nkandla censoring

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 23, 2015

A spokeswoman for National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has slammed allegations that she is preparing a “sanitised” version of Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko’s report into the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home, for Parliament later this week.

In an interview with the Daily News, Mandlakazi Sigcawu said that an article in Sunday’s edition of CityPress, which claimed that Mbete wanted to a present the edited version of the report, was necessary as certain aspects regarding Zuma’s security could not be discussed in public,

Sigcawu said that Mbete had offered to meet with opposition parties behind closed doors to view the complete document, but that most rejected it.

“The Speaker has always been chastised as not been consultative in her approach. The minister now says he has the report and he is ready to present it to Parliament, and what does the Speaker do? She consults political parties

“The meeting she called was to ask them how we approach this matter, which committee should this report go to because that is how the Parliament processes go,” Sigcawu said.

She also added that the disbanding of the ad-hoc committee was one of the reasons why Mbete had to consult with opposition parties, and that she has not seen the report herself despite claims by United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa, who earlier told CityPress he found it strange that Mbete had talked about the sensitivity of Zuma’s security without actually seeing the document.