ANC chief whip didn’t read Nkandla report – but slams Madonsela

2014-03-26 14:57

ANC chief whip in Parliament, Stone Sizani, has admitted to not having read Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s “bulky report” on the R246 million security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home.

But he watched Madonsela’s press conference on television last Wednesday.

“I got the report from the SABC,” he said.

Madonsela’s full report is almost 450 pages long and has an executive summary of almost 75 pages.

At a press conference in the ANC’s caucus room in Parliament this afternoon, Sizani said Madonsela’s report echoed that of the interministerial task team which concluded its investigation last year and which pointed fingers at officials for the excessive spending.

He slammed Madonsela for referring to that task team as “a little committee of ministers” in her report and for speaking “condescendingly of Parliament ... by questioning its independence and suggesting that some of its powers – such as the power to appoint and remove the president – must be clipped”.

He also said she did not have the right to say she would be “surprised” if the ANC’s national executive committee did not discuss the report at its meeting this weekend.

“All these remarks contain political overtones that are unacceptable coming from the head of an independent chapter 9 institution,” he said, adding that she “has overstepped the mark”.

Sizani also complained about Madonsela calling a press conference before submitting the report to Parliament, saying she should be accountable to the legislature.

On this basis, he said the DA’s request for the National Assembly to convene to consider a motion of no confidence against Zuma was putting “the cart before the horse” and constituted electioneering.

In her report, Madonsela ordered Zuma to report back to Parliament within two weeks on what action he would take based on her findings and recommendations.

She said that Zuma must repay money spent on non-security upgrades at his home, that he transgressed the Executive Ethics Act and certain sections of the Constitution and that he should take action against ministers involved.

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