ANC: Elections work leaves little time for Nkandla committee

2014-04-24 11:40

ANC MP Buti Manamela says MPs should be busy with election campaigns and this limits the time they have to sit on Parliament’s ad hoc committee on the Nkandla report.

“We need to balance between the elections campaign and this work (by the ad hoc committee). It will be difficult for us to make more time. We have left our elections campaign to come and do this work, that needs to be understood,” he said.

Opposition MPs suggested that the programme, which was made available for the first time this morning at the committee’s first meeting, should be designed to give the committee more time to do its work.

The programme indicates that the committee would use its time today to elect a chairperson and to adopt the agenda, and then reassemble on Monday afternoon at 2pm.

Opposition members suggested the committee should also meet on Friday, but ANC MP Cecil Burgess said they had not had time to read the report because ANC MPs only heard on Tuesday that they would be on the committee.

The committee was established on April 9 but parties had ten days – until yesterday – to appoint members to the committee.

He said he would be lying if he said overnight would give him enough time to read the report.

Opposition MPs also insisted that the committee shouldn’t only consider President Jacob Zuma’s response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, but also Zuma’s submission to Madonsela and her report itself.

ANC MP Cedric Frolick, who was elected committee chair, adjourned the meeting until Monday

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.