Nkandla: veil of secrecy condemned

2013-03-15 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The government’s latest plans to draw a veil of secrecy over President Jacob Zuma’s estate at Nkandla have been condemned.

After Speaker Max Sisulu informed Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi that the report on improvements at the complex would be tabled in Parliament, Nxesi wrote to him yesterday saying it should be handled under a special procedure due to its sensitive nature.

Nxesi said the Nkandla estate was a national key point, and the report must be discussed by the portfolio committee for state security.

Professor Marinus Wiechers, a constitutional expert at the University of South Africa, said that the National Key Points Act dates from the apartheid era, when in-camera committees were used to discuss military operations against sabotage. There were no military implications in the current case, he said.

Democratic Alliance MP Anchen Dreyer said she would write to the speaker to insist the report was discussed in open committee.

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