Zuma not called before ad-hoc committee, opposition party’s leave


Opposition parties, led by Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane, have walked out-off Parliament’s ad-hoc committee meeting on Friday, after the ANC refused calls for President Jacob Zuma to address the findings of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela into the R246-million upgrades at his Nkandla residence.

The meeting deadlocked after two hours despite pleas from Maimane, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) that the ruling party seek legal opinion after it had earlier stated that Zuma could not be held accountable for the money spend.

"We have reached an impasse. We need to come to some end on this matter. Would the ANC not at least at this stage agree to a legal opinion?" said Maimane.

"What is clear to me, what is very apparent, is that the ANC is not going to agree to anything. They just want us to run a ritual. We cannot proceed on this level."

Maimane then stated that the ruling party was creating a situation where ignoring chapter nine institutions had become acceptable.

"This is not what the drafters of the constitution intended... all opposition parties therefore withdraw from the Nkandla ad hoc committee".


CAPTION: DA Parlimentary leader Mmusi Maimane. IMAGE sourced from www.citypress.co.za