(Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)
Cape Town - The ANC nominated seven MPs to Parliament on
Tuesday for an ad hoc committee to consider President Jacob Zuma's submissions
on the public protector's report on his Nkandla home.
"In terms of the Rules of the National Assembly,
parties were afforded 10 working days to recommend names to the Speaker for
appointment to the ad hoc committee," African National Congress chief whip
Stone Sizani said.
"Despite the exhaustive and complex internal process of
identifying capable representatives for this ad hoc committee, we are pleased
that we were able to submit these recommended names today, 22 April 2014, two
days ahead of the stipulated deadline of 24 April 2014."
The ruling party denied claims by the opposition Democratic
Alliance (DA) that it had deliberately tried to delay the work of the
"As we have repeatedly stressed, this ad hoc committee
is being established during the parliamentary recess and election season, which
has meant that putting together a team of seven MPs, who are currently involved
in intense election campaigning in all nine provinces, was not going to be an
overnight exercise," Sizani said.
"Our task was therefore unique comparable to that of other
parties, who on average needed only to identify a single MP to represent them
in the committee."
The seven ANC MPs who will serve on the committee are:
- Cedric Frolick (National Assembly house chairperson);
- Buti Manamela (ANC whip on labour portfolio committee);
- Doris Dlakude (ANC deputy chief whip);
- Joyce Moloi-Moropa (chairperson on public service and
administration portfolio committee);
- Cecil Burgess (chairperson on joint standing committee on
- Luwellyn Landers (chairperson on justice and
constitutional development portfolio committee); and
- Faith Muthambi (ANC whip on communication portfolio
Frolick will be recommended to serve as chairperson of the
"The list we have recommended to the Speaker is
composed of very capable individuals with the necessary political experience,
expertise and legal know-how on the matter the ad hoc committee is mandated to
consider," Sizani said.
It remains unclear when the committee will convene.
Earlier on Tuesday, the DA said it would be writing to
National Assembly speaker Max Sisulu to ask for an extension of the 30 April deadline
the committee is expected to submit its report to Parliament.
"I will specifically ask that the deadline be extended
to May 5, to allow for work throughout the weekend of May 2 to May 4," DA
parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko told reporters.
"I will also ask that the special session to consider
the findings, and to give effect to my motion to remove the president in terms
of section 89 of the Constitution, takes place on May 5 or May 6."
The committee, which is mandated to consider the submissions
made by Zuma in response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the
R246m upgrades to his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, was
established on 9 April.
Parties had 10 working days to nominate members to serve on