DA ‘springs Nkandla surprise’ – Stone Sizani

2014-07-29 18:10

The ANC has objected to a DA motion calling for Parliament to set up a committee to consider the Nkandla controversy without delay.

ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani today accused his DA counterpart John Steenhuisen of “springing a surprise” by raising it as a motion without notice, and found support from Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli.

“We encourage consultation,” he told Steenhuisen.

Sizani added that the motion would not be attended to immediately but noted for future consideration. He went on to say that there was no point in rushing President Jacob Zuma to respond to the outcome of investigations into state spending on his Nkandla homestead.

“Any undue pressure exerted on the president in this regard will only serve to undermine the qualitative process with which Parliament ought to deal with the issue.”

Earlier, the DA said if the motion did not “see immediate outcomes”, it would go to court invoking section 181 of the Constitution to compel Zuma to answer to Parliament on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings.

He said Zuma was undermining her office by failing to respond to her report more than 130 days after she gave him two weeks to do so.

“The DA will consider launching a court application to compel the president to submit his full and comprehensive response, so as to end this unconstitutional undermining of the public protector.

“This will become necessary should our motion today to establish the Nkandla ad hoc committee not see immediate outcomes,” said Steenhuisen.

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