DA's complaint to ethics committee 'bizarre' - ANC

2016-04-07 15:37
(Jenni Evans, News24)

(Jenni Evans, News24)

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Parliament – The DA’s decision to report ANC MPs to the ethics committee for voting to keep President Jacob Zuma in office is bizarre, the ruling party has said.

The opposition was making a mockery of serious parliamentary committees, the office of the ANC chief whip said in a statement on Thursday.

This was after the DA said on Thursday that they would be launching a formal complaint with the Registrar of the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members' Interests over the ANC caucus’s role in how the public protector’s Nkandla report was processed.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said the ANC caucus "must be held accountable for the complacency in this maniacal miscarriage of justice".

"During the course of the Nkandla debacle, we have witnessed a series of ANC Caucus members try bend themselves, parliamentary procedure, and even the law backwards to absolve President Zuma of accountability.

"As a result, the party and its scruples have become so contorted, it cannot be trusted to straighten itself and comply with the simplest letter of the law," he said.

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu’s spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo, said the "latest stunt totally makes no sense and is unworthy of the ethics committee’s time".

"It is unheard of anywhere in the world that MPs would be penalised for fulfilling their parliamentary duties merely because certain decisions of parliament are, from time to time, set aside after a judicial review," the ANC said.

The DA launched the complaint following a failure of a motion to have Zuma removed from office.

To pass, the motion needed over 100 ANC MPs to vote against their party.

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