Nkandla: It’s not a whitewash

2014-11-17 06:45

On Thursday, the National Assembly adopted the report and recommendations of the parliamentary ad hoc committee that considered President Jacob Zuma’s response to investigative reports on the security upgrades at his private residence in Nkandla.

The adoption of the report is the culmination of many weeks’ assessment, analysis and interrogation of a number of reports, including those of the Public Protector and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), whose detailed information assisted the committee to arrive at objective, fair and just findings and recommendations.

The recommendations will have to be implemented by the executive within the next three months.

Contrary to the assertion made by the opposition that the ad hoc committee would sweep wrongdoing under the carpet, the report illustrates it carried out its mandate without fear, favour or prejudice.

It found there were irregularities, maladministration, price inflation, abuse of state resources and transgressions of procedures.

The committee was unequivocal that all persons responsible for the loss of state funds should be held accountable and face the full might of the law.

Corruption and any form of criminality must be dealt with severely, regardless of who was involved.

Parliament will be strictly monitoring the ongoing investigation by the SIU and the legal process through which role players in these irregularities are criminally pursued.

The ANC will never turn a blind eye to corruption and crime.

With regard to the report of the president to the security upgrades at his private residence, Parliament will keep a close eye on the implementation of all the measures he outlined in the report.

The important question of what constitutes security and non-security upgrades at the President’s private residence must be competently answered by security experts in line with the Cabinet memorandum of 2003.

Sizani is ANC chief whip in Parliament

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