Nkandla remark by Max Sisulu ‘nothing new’ – ANC chief whip

2014-07-05 14:48

There is nothing new in former Parliament speaker Max Sisulu’s remark that parliament must establish a new ad hoc committee to investigate the Nkandla report, the ANC chief whip’s office has said.

Some media were trying to “drive a malicious and inaccurate impression that the African National Congress was against the processing of the report by Parliament,” spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said in a statement today.

President Jacob Zuma had recently indicated he would provide the Speaker of the National Assembly with a final and comprehensive report within 30 days.

He would do so after he received the provisional Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report into security upgrades at Zuma’s Nkandla residence.

“... We have asserted that Parliament should await the President’s full report to holistically process the matter,” Mothapo said.

Decisions taken in Parliament were of “national importance”.

“They can neither be whimsical nor dependent on an ‘individual’s feelings’,” he said.

When the previous, short-lived ad hoc committee referred its business to the fifth Parliament, due to lack of sufficient time, the ANC had committed itself to ensuring that the new Parliament dealt with the matter thoroughly.

The rules of the National Assembly allowed such a committee to be revived to continue with its business.

“The revival of the committee is not ‘dictated’ upon, but recommended to the new Parliament through the report of the ad hoc committee,” Mothapo said.

“The report of the ad hoc committee has not yet been dealt with by Parliament.”

Sisulu told Beeld newspaper yesterday that Parliament’s rules dictated that it must establish a new ad hoc committee to investigate the Nkandla report.

“This is what parliamentary rules prescribe and it is not dependent on individuals’ feelings,” he said in an interview.

The committee Sisulu established was disbanded shortly before the May 7 elections.

As speaker he had simply followed parliamentary rules by establishing the committee. There was never a question about whether it should be established or not, he said.

He has since resigned from Parliament.

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