Minister’s Nkandla report adopted, DA going to court

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 19, 2015

A substitute report by opposition parties to have President Jacob Zuma take accountability for the security upgrades at his private Nkandla home, was struck off the roll in the National Assembly last night in favour of the findings by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko.

In yet another incident filled sitting, which saw members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leaving the House shortly after 17h00 without voting, Parliament officially adopted Nhleko’s report by 198 votes against 93 after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) had used its majority.

The amended report, supported by all opposition parties apart from the African People’s Convention, found that Zuma had unduly benefitted from the upgrades and the should be held liable for paying back a portion of the R246-million spent as indicated in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Secure in Comfort report.

“It is clear that the ANC is intent upon bulldozing this report through this house. We appeal to them to vote according to their dormant consciences, to vote in favour of the minority report. Do the right thing, just this once. You might actually enjoy it,” Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister for Police, Glynnis Breytenbach, told the ruling party bench before voting commenced.

In a similar reaction, DA Federal Chairperson James Selfe stated that the ongoing saga “represents everything that is bad and corrupt about South Africa”, a statement countered by ANC MP Francois Beukman, who indicated that Parliament’s ad-hoc committee had no authority to re-visit Madonsela’s findings, as it fell under the second meeting established last year.

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane has meanwhile indicated that the party would take the matter to the Western Cape High Court, having earlier accused the ruling party of becoming “the enemy of freedom”.