DA to appeal over Nkandla report

2013-06-25 00:00

CAPE TOWN — An application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (Paia) to study the report on Nkandla has elicited no response.

Consequently Lindiwe Mazibuko, DA parliamentary leader, announced she will appeal against the non-response by the Department of Public Works.

She said she had applied for access to the Nkandla report in January in terms of the Paia. Neither the minister, Thulas Nxesi, nor the Department of Public Works, had reacted to Mazibuko’s request.

Nxesi did have the report declared top secret last week, with the aid of the minister of State Security, Siyabonga Cwele.

The report will now be submitted to a joint-intelligence committee. The Public Protector, advocate Thuli Madonsela, and the auditor- general, Terence Nombembe, will also not have access to the report.

Mazibuko said her application has been delayed for months. The minister had already made public the so-called “findings” of the report on January 29 and since then, had kept silent on the issue.

She said she specifically withheld appealing this non-response as she was acting in good faith that this report was to be tabled in Parliament and made public after Nxesi had written to the speaker of the National Assembly Max Sisulu in this regard.

She said it was now clear that Nxesi never had any intention of making this report public and that Cwele’s intervention now points to a deliberate attempt to bury this report and prevent its findings from being known.

She added there was no basis for the entire report to be withheld in terms of Paia and that the DA would continue to do everything possible to make public the contents of the report. “We cannot allow this cover-up to go unanswered” Mazibuko said.

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