ANC ‘will be ready for ad hoc committee’

2014-08-16 00:00

CAPE TOWN —The ANC will be ready next Tuesday to name its members for the parliamentary ad hoc committee to consider the public protector’s Nkandla report.

ANC chief whip said yesterday the party would name its six members next week when Parliament resumes after its recess.

He said it is the job of Speaker Baleka Mbete to put the establishment of the committee on the agenda.

“As soon as the motion is on the agenda, we will be ready to proceed. If it is next Tuesday, the ANC will name its members.”

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found in March that President Jacob Zuma violated the Executive Members’ Ethics Act and parts of the Constitution by allowing security improvements costing R246 million to proceed at his ­Nkandla estate.

A multi-party committee was set up to consider the report, but could not meet before the May elections. The ANC was slow to name its members.

The committee was disbanded pending Zuma’s response to the report and that of the Special Investigations Unit, which he submitted to Parliament on Thursday.

Opposition parties said yesterday they would hold the ANC to its word to set up the new committee.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said they will hold a “strategy meeting” on Monday at which the Nkandla report will be discussed.

He said if the report isn’t on the parliamentary agenda next week, the DA will bring a substantive motion on the issue.

The Freedom Front Plus also insists on an ad hoc committee, it said yesterday.

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