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DA & EFF blasts Parliament for adopting “illegal” Nkandla report

DA & EFF blasts Parliament for adopting “illegal” Nkandla report

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has described Parliament’s adoption of Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s Nkandla report as illegal, and that the establishing of a another ad-hoc committee into the upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s private home, was nothing but a waste of time.

On Tuesday, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) used its majority in the National Assembly to accept Nhleko’s findings tabled on May 28th, which cleared Zuma of paying back a portion of the R246-million spent on security upgrades as recommended in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Secure in Comfort report.

Speaking in a statement, EFF Acting National Spokesperson, Fana Mokoena, said Parliament had been reduced to a “rubber-stamp of illegal decisions from Luthuli House” and where members of the ruling party gather to “willingly betray” the constitution in order to prevent the executive from taking accountability.

“The ANC insisted on proceeding with an illegal process, colluding with other opposition parties like the Democratic Alliance, with the sole objective of giving legitimacy to an illegal report and to exonerate President Jacob Zuma from criminal responsibility,” Mokoena said.

“The adoption of the illegal Nhleko report by the ANC in parliament does not exonerate Zuma from criminal responsibility. [National Assembly Speaker] Baleka Mbete and Jacob Zuma as first and second respondents in the matter before the Constitutional Court will not escape accountability. The EFF will make Zuma pay back the money”.

Taking a further swipe at the DA, Mokoena also stated that the party’s tabling of an alternative report to that of Nhleko, which was rejected by a 198 versus 93 vote on Tuesday, undermined any attempts made at combating corruption.

“The DA, just like the other so-called opposition parties, are kowtowing to the ANC’s preferred form of opposition which is agreeable and obedient. This kind of opposition is ineffective, useless and serves the interests of the ruling party because it helps the Executive to undermine Parliament and violate the Constitution,” he said.

Reacting to Parliament’s decision, DA leader Mmusi Maimane indicated that the party had already submitted documents to the Western Cape High Court to have the findings declared unconstitutional and unlawful.

“Despite all attempts by the Opposition to prevent the ad hoc committee and Parliament, from adopting the report, the ANC facilitated another whitewash to shield the President from accountability,” Maimane said in a statement.

“The President’s refusal to engage constructively with the Public Protector and use members of his Executive to absolve him of responsibility is in direct contravention of his oath to uphold the law of our land. We remain resolute that the President had no authority to arbitrarily substitute the remedial actions taken by the Public Protector for his own”.