ANC: Elections work leaves little time for Nkandla committee

2014-04-24 11:40

ANC MP Buti Manamela says MPs should be busy with election campaigns and this limits the time they have to sit on Parliament’s ad hoc committee on the Nkandla report.

“We need to balance between the elections campaign and this work (by the ad hoc committee). It will be difficult for us to make more time. We have left our elections campaign to come and do this work, that needs to be understood,” he said.

Opposition MPs suggested that the programme, which was made available for the first time this morning at the committee’s first meeting, should be designed to give the committee more time to do its work.

The programme indicates that the committee would use its time today to elect a chairperson and to adopt the agenda, and then reassemble on Monday afternoon at 2pm.

Opposition members suggested the committee should also meet on Friday, but ANC MP Cecil Burgess said they had not had time to read the report because ANC MPs only heard on Tuesday that they would be on the committee.

The committee was established on April 9 but parties had ten days – until yesterday – to appoint members to the committee.

He said he would be lying if he said overnight would give him enough time to read the report.

Opposition MPs also insisted that the committee shouldn’t only consider President Jacob Zuma’s response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, but also Zuma’s submission to Madonsela and her report itself.

ANC MP Cedric Frolick, who was elected committee chair, adjourned the meeting until Monday

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