Zuma could be called to testify over Nkandla

2014-10-05 11:05
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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma could be called to testify at the disciplinary hearings of 12 senior department of public works and administration officials over the Nkandla debacle.

According to the Sunday Independent, Claude Naiker, the KZN manager of the Public Service Association (PSA), the union representing the officials, could well call Zuma to testify in what he says will be an attempt to exhaust every avenue to defend the officials, who are being held accountable for the exorbitant costs associated with upgrades to Zuma’s KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

Naiker said that the officials faced between five and 18 counts including failure to follow the proper tender process; prejudicing the department; maladministration and not adhering to certain policies and procedures, among others.

A Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probe however found that none of the officials derived any monetary gain from the Nkandla project.

Opposition not giving up

Meanwhile, it was reported on Friday that opposition parties who withdrew from the Nkandla ad hoc committee will table their own report in Parliament, said DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane .
"The opposition will table an opposition report to coincide with the ANC's own study group report to be tabled in Parliament after 24 October," he said.

Maimane said South Africa's Constitution was under threat.

"The opposition will not stand by while the Constitution is being vandalised."
He said the opposition needed to take "strong and deliberate steps".

The committee was nothing more than an "ANC study group" and might as well conduct its meetings at African National Congress headquarters Luthuli House, rather than in Parliament, he said.

Maimane said the ANC would go to any length to protect President Jacob Zuma from taking accountability for the R246m spent on his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.
"All those who've been made scapegoats can come out and tell the truth.
"It will be a constitutional crisis if the ANC study group is allowed to ramp their report through Parliament."

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa, Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota, and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema were also in attendance.

The opposition withdrew from the committee in protest at the ruling party's refusal to enforce Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's finding that Zuma should pay for part of the project.

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