Nkandla: Who’s in, who’s out of committee

2015-06-04 15:23

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Cape Town - The EFF, Cope, the UDM, the IFP and the ACDP have withdrawn from Parliament’s third ad hoc committee on Nkandla. 

“We will not be a rubber stamp for corruption,” said Floyd Shivambu, EFF chief whip, on Wednesday. 

“The committee is illegal. The committee wants to undermine the Constitution and the rule of law. The Public Protector has spoken. Only a court may review her findings.”

The Democratic Alliance on Thursday announced that it would participate, at least initially, in the ad hoc committee on Nkandla. The party made the decision after getting legal advice.

John Steenhuisen, DA chief whip, said the party would  attend at least the first meeting of the committee on Nkandla before it made a decision on its long-term participation.

The party wanted the committee to call the Public Protector, President Jacob Zuma and the ministers of police and public works to testify before it.

"There must be a clear willingness of members on the committee to interrogate Nhleko's report. We will not give credibility to a process that is just a white wash," said Steenhuisen.

The National Freedom Party will decide on Thursday whether it would take part in the ad hoc committee. 

Dr Corné Mulder, Freedom Front Plus chief whip, said his party would attend the first meeting. The party’s long-term participation would depend on what happened at this meeting. 

Members of opposition parties withdrew from the previous Nkandla committee meeting because the committee members refused the opposition’s request that the Public Protector be called to testify.

Steenhuisen said the DA had doubts whether the new committee would be different to the previous one. 

Shivambu said the EFF was currently seeking legal advice and was strongly considering going to court “to force Zuma to pay for Nkandla” before the parliamentary process was completed. 

“We think it is urgent,” he said. 

Bantu Holomisa, UDM leader, said his party wanted nothing to do with “that nonsense”. 

“It looks like the matter is going to end up in the Constitutional Court. It is a constitutional crisis. It looks like Zuma is undermining the Public Protector. We home ANC voters realise this and punish the party at the elections.” 

Narend Singh, IFP chief whip, said that without testimony from the Public Protector and other experts it would just be a matter of considering Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko’s report, and the IFP had no interest in that. 

Steve Swart, ACDP MP, said his party would not give any legitimacy to a process “that is probably only going to be a white wash.”

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