DA: Is Zuma stalling Nkandla probe?

2013-04-09 22:34
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Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday questioned why President Jacob Zuma has not yet given the go-ahead for the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to begin an investigation into the R206m upgrade of his private residence Nkandla.

DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko questioned why more than two months after Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi announced that the SIU would be asked to investigate the controversial Nkandla upgrade, Zuma has yet to gazette a proclamation to allow for the investigation.

According to Mazibuko, in terms of the Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act of 1996, the SIU cannot begin the investigation until Zuma has done so.

"This failure by President Zuma undermines the efforts to get to the bottom of this serious corruption scandal and brings into question whether the president is actively undermining efforts to ensure that all aspects of the Nkandla upgrade are fully investigated.

"I will submit a written question in Parliament to ascertain the full reasons for this delay as well as when this proclamation will be tabled. President Zuma will have 10 days in terms of the Rules of the National Assembly to provide me with an answer," Mazibuko said in a statement.

She said Zuma must use this opportunity to announce a full SIU investigation into the "Nkandlagate" scandal and ensure that it is gazetted as a matter of urgency.

"Anything less will be viewed as a deliberate attempt to undermine the investigation," she said.

Meanwhile, veteran journalist and author Max du Preez also weighed in on the Nkandla situation in a column on Tuesday.

Du Preez, writing in the Mercury, wrote of his experiences as a journalist with the "illegitimate" apartheid government, and the current government which "is one elected by all, and operates under a progressive constitution".

"... I don't think it would be unfair to say the present government is displaying the same instincts and using the same arguments as the apartheid governments did."

Those who question, investigate or criticise are unpatriotic, reckless and enemies of the people [or "the revolution"], wrote Du Preez.

On Nkandla, Du Preez wrote: "More than R200m in taxpayers' money was used to help build the presidents private villa, but it was declared a national key point and therefore the citizens were not entitled to full disclosure.

"We are not even allowed to know what the other national key points are."
Read more on:    lindiwe mazibuko  |  jacob zuma  |  max du preez  |  pietermaritzburg  |  politics  |  nkandla upgrade

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