ANC says it won’t rush Nkandla committee

2014-04-14 16:13

The DA has accused the ANC of deliberately trying to delay the work of the ad hoc committee on Nkandla but the ANC says it will not be forced to submit names for the committee in haste.

“We have confirmed this morning that the ANC have yet to submit the names of their members who will serve on the committee – more than four days after it was announced,” DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said.

“Until this happens, and all names are reflected in Parliament’s Announcements, Tablings and Committee Reports document, the ad hoc committee cannot begin its work.”

Mazibuko said she had sent a letter to National Assembly speaker Max Sisulu so he can ensure the committee meets this week.

“Indeed, since the ad hoc committee must report back to Parliament by April 30 2014, time is of the essence,” Mazibuko said.

“To delay it by just one day is to undermine the important task it must complete in a very short period of time.”

Parliamentary rules stipulate that parties have ten days to submit names to the National Assembly.

The ANC chief whip office’s spokesperson Moloto Mothapo has described the DA’s accusation that the ruling party is stalling the work of the committee as “nonsense”.

“You will recall that the ten working days will be on the 21st of April. How is the ANC trying to delay the committee if it is within its deadline of ten working days?” Mothapo asked.

Mothapo said the ANC would not be forced to submit names in haste.

“The ANC has to thoroughly apply its mind with regard to the selection process in terms of the calibre of people that should serve in this committee,” he said.

“We also have to take into consideration that Parliament is in recess and people are busy with election campaigns in various provinces. It’s not an overnight activity to get these people onto the committee.”

Mothapo said the ANC was confident the committee would meet the April 30 deadline to report back to Parliament.

Sisulu announced that the committee would be established last week.

Its mandate is to consider President Jacob Zuma’s response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on Nkandla and make recommendations, where applicable.

Zuma responded to Madonsela’s report earlier this month.

Two weeks prior to this, Madonsela found Zuma had given the nod to all the upgrades and that he and his family had unduly benefited from them.

These included a swimming pool, cattle kraal, and amphitheatre.

Madonsela also found that Zuma had breached the Executive Members’ Ethics Act.

She described the amount spent as unconscionable, and recommended that Zuma pay back a percentage.

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