ANC ‘ready for report’

2014-04-11 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The ANC is ready for the Nkandla report.

That’s the feeling from the party’s parliamentary inner circle after the Speaker’s announcement of a multi-party ad hoc committee to consider the public protector’s report before the election.

“We’ve known for a long time it was coming to Parliament and we are prepared,” said a senior ANC MP.

All the opposition parties, with the exception of Cope, welcomed the Speaker’s decision.

Parties were instructed to forward the names of their members who will sit on the committee to the Speaker’s office.

Once the 12 names have been finalised and announced, the committee will begin its work.

DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and federal chairperson James Selfe are the Democratic Alliance’s representatives.

The IFP has appointed Narend Singh and the Freedom Front Plus’s Corné Mulder will represent the smaller parties.

Thozamile Botha should have represented Cope, but that party’s leader, Mosiuoa Lekota, decided suddenly yesterday that they would not participate in the committee, because it was “constituted to sweep the Nkandla report under the carpet”.

“The ANC won’t allow anything meaningful to happen to President Jacob Zuma and we won’t be part of the process of protecting him,” Lekota said via his spokesperson.

The office of the ANC’s chief whip declined to reveal who that party’s seven representatives would be.

“We will announce it in a statement later,” said chief whip spokesperson Moloto Mothapo.

Mazibuko said the DA realises the ANC will have a majority on the committee, but this doesn’t mean it cannot achieve anything.

“Naturally the ANC will try to force its members to dance to its tune, but it is between the ANC and its conscience and the ANC and its voters.

“Where there is enough evidence that the president has transgressed, Parliament is obliged to investigate.”

Mulder said he will insist that the committee subpoena Zuma and the implicated ministers to testify before it.

“For me, it is unthinkable that the committee could complete its work without calling Zuma.”

IFP senior member Koos van der Merwe said they are not concerned that the ANC has a majority. “We will take the stands we want to take.”

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