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“SCA ruling shows Nkandla ad-hoc committees were illegal” – Maimane

“SCA ruling shows Nkandla ad-hoc committees were illegal” – Maimane

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane, has said the party would be submitting an application to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to have Parliament discuss the findings of the ad-hoc committee on Nkandla next week.

His announcement comes after the Bloemfontein Supreme Court Appeal on Thursday announced that no parallel reports, contravening the original findings of Public Protector Thuli Madosnela, would be submitted or tabled for adopting by an affected entity.

In a statement, Maimane said the ruling has vindicated the party’s position that the ad-hoc committees into the R246-million upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s private residence, were illegal, and that the subsequent report by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, which cleared the President of paying back a portion of the money as recommended in Mandonsela’s report, was invalid and should never have been compiled.

“The only recourse left for the President – if he takes our courts seriously – is to take the Public Protector’s findings on judicial review,” Maimane said.

“President Zuma now has no choice but to comply with the remedial actions taken by the Public Protector and “pay a reasonable percentage of the cost of the measures that do not relate to security, and which include Visitors’ Centre, the amphitheatre, the cattle kraal and chicken run, the swimming pool”.