Parly’s Nkandla committee hits deadlock

2014-08-29 14:12

Cape Town - The first sitting of the new parliamentary committee on Nkandla hit a deadlock between the ANC and opposition on Friday, as the latter refused to elect a chairperson until the mandate is reworked to expressly include the public protector's findings.

Democratic Alliance MP James Selfe said the opposition agreed beforehand to argue that "at the heart of it is the public protector's report and we need to be absolutely certain that all relevant documentation will be consulted".

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema made plain opposition parties feared the ANC could not be trusted to uphold Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings against President Jacob Zuma.

Instead, he said after the meeting, the African National Congress would want Zuma's bitterly contested submission to Parliament on Nkandla - in which he declined to comment on her report - to be accepted as the last word on the controversy that had haunted him for years.

Terms of reference

"I know exactly what the ANC is going to do. They are going to come here and accept the president's report as an accurate reflection of what happened and say the matter is closed."

The ANC reluctantly conceded that the first meeting of the committee be adjourned, but afterwards disagreed with the opposition as to what would happen next.

According to DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane, it was understood that the terms of reference of the committee would be referred back to the National Assembly to be elaborated.

But Cedric Frolick, the ANC's nominee for chairman, said there was no need to do this.

"It simply requires further discussion but the secretary will be called and the Speaker will be called in to discuss it. I have stated the view of the ANC, as far as the proposal is concerned there is definitely a trust deficit and that can be dealt with without taking it back to the National Assembly.

"I think it is unlikely that the ANC will go back and review the resolution that is there. I think it just requires further political interaction between the chief whips of the different parties so they can move from a common understanding."

A day’s work lost

The office of ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani subsequently issued a statement accusing the opposition of frustrating the work of the committee.

"The office of the ANC Chief Whip is disappointed by the needless filibustering tactics today [Friday] by the opposition parties in the ad hoc committee.

"Due to this stonewalling by the very same parties who ostensibly support accountability, the committee has lost a day's work it may never recover."

The mandate of the committee was debated heatedly in the National Assembly this month when the DA argued unsuccessfully that it was too vague and had to be redrafted to include dealing with the findings of all investigations on Nkandla.

Urge to call Madonsela and Zuma

A motion to this effect was voted down by the ANC, with Sizani saying at the time the opposition should accept assurances that the committee would consider all relevant documents.

With Madonsela's 450-page report, in which she calls on Zuma to repay some of the R246m cost of the upgrades to his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, now the subject of a public row between her and the ruling party, the committee is expected to see more wrangling between the ANC and the opposition.

Malema told reporters he would, like the DA, argue that the committee call not only Madonsela, but also Zuma. Maimane said he saw the task of Parliament as ensuring that the remedial action recommended by Madonsela was implemented.

"The job of the committee is to uphold the remedial steps that the public protector put forward... the question of the committee must simply be 'why has the president not complied?'," said Maimane.

In his 20-page submission to Parliament earlier this month, Zuma deferred a decision on whether he should reimburse any of the public spending on Nkandla to Police Minister Nathi Nhleko.

Madonsela, in her subsequent letter to the president, pointed out that her decisions could only be overruled by a court.

  • Deepandsoulfulhouse DjVido Buka - 2014-08-29 14:19

    Parly's Nkandla Scapegoat Committee should be its terms of reference

  • Scrotie McBoogerballs McBoogerballs - 2014-08-29 14:23

    This whole committee is a complete farce. We all know Zuma is guilty as sin! The ANC think we are all as stupid as it's supporters.

      Joe Soap - 2014-08-29 15:40

      Thats how mush your brain gets when you live like the all high and mighty..... when your poo stops stinking and you actually believe that you are above the rest like some sort of a god or something. I would love to p0es them all with a effing baseball bat, smack some damb logic back into those pea sized brains of theirs...

      Mike Heyns - 2014-08-29 15:55

      So what now (again)? Start another committee to resolve your deadlock??

      Made-In SA - 2014-08-29 16:00

      The ANC members on the ad hoc committee were no doubt chosen because they were considered loyal stooges,and will no doubt be richly rewarded after the ad hoc committee concludes its sittings for defending JZ783,and exonerating him from all blame.That is the cANCer way.

  • David Jones - 2014-08-29 14:25

    This committee is a real waste of time and will come to nothing. JZ must chill and enjoy his holiday in Moscow

      WG Morgan - 2014-08-29 15:01

      I bet that he is checking out his new post-Nkandla dacha! He is on the way out.

  • Grace Shange - 2014-08-29 14:26

    Pay back the money, no need for stupid committees

  • June Francis - 2014-08-29 14:28

    The public protectors documents are the only documents that should be reviewed by this committee, all other findings and documents should be considered irrelevant. Stand your ground EFF and DA. The ANC are the ones stalling

  • DerekMain - 2014-08-29 14:29

    Don't trust cANCer - get the terms of reference in writing. Phansi cANCer, phansi!!!

  • Julian Edward Frost - 2014-08-29 14:31

    And why do the ANC not want the PP's report included? Because they know that it's accurate and that Showerhead's response was hopelessly inadequate. Don't let the ANC get away with it, guys!

  • emmanuel.modika - 2014-08-29 14:33

    Waste of time and energy

  • Nin Ja Kitty - 2014-08-29 14:34

    Right. The party has only just started and they have reached a deadlock. What a frikking laugh.

      WG Morgan - 2014-08-29 15:03

      Good thing that we have the DA in our corner. The EFF hit a hot button but for all the wrong reasons. Do not trust the EFF fascists.

  • Chris Lamprecht - 2014-08-29 14:35

    Pay the money JZ! Wasn't yours to use int he first place!!

  • sxp - 2014-08-29 14:35

    The "dead" part must be from the ANC wits side...may that ship sink soon.

  • Bhekinkosi Langa - 2014-08-29 14:36

    Why are we having all these committees ?is it bcos Zuma lied when he said the money used to build all that rubbish was paid by the Nxamalalas?What a waist of time.Zuma nd the ANC are making us stupids just like in a Spy Tapes saga.

  • Chris Lamprecht - 2014-08-29 14:37

    Does the "The office of ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani" know what ostensibly means? Look up corruption and theft. That may serve you better.

  • heathwaymasters - 2014-08-29 14:42

    Our honourable previous President, Madiba Mandela, was one of the finest statesmen this country has ever had the privilege to serve it, and who was universally revered as one of the finest leaders of all time, spent R 32 Million on security, with every cent fully justified and used for security issues alone. Here we have this total excuse for a President, and an International disgrace, takes it upon himself to spend R 246 Million on his private security at his Nkandla Mansion. How much of this is actually for security and is justified spending of tax payers money, is very debatable. Typical of his lack of integrity and lack of public accountability, he is now trying to squirm out of the predicament he now finds himself in. The expression “The buck stops here” is obviously not part of his vocabulary.

      Scrotie McBoogerballs McBoogerballs - 2014-08-29 16:25

      I have nothing but disdain and disrespect for president scumbag. He deserves nothing less than a jail cell.

  • Bernd Kankowski - 2014-08-29 14:47

    Stone Sizani, how thoughtful of you stating that the opposition has actually stonewalled proceedings and wasted a day in the ad hoc committee. Isn't it ironic to make such a statement, again blaming someone else, when you and your corrupt party have been the ones delaying this whole investigation right from day one. Protecting your boss and totally ignoring the public prosecutors report. Wasting further millions in trying to avoid investigation. You and the total ANC hierarchy are so pathetic in your attempted explanations and cover ups that it is laughable. All you guys lack the mental capacity to really understand that the fight for freedom was for the people as a whole and not only for a select few. Through the corrupt and fraudulent dealings of the government the ANC has allowed South Africa to drop down to the second largest economy in Africa. All that can be attributed to Zuma and his fellow corrupt cronies. In the eyes of the law, if you protect a criminal you are just as guilty. Your main objective in this committee is not to investigate the reports but only to rubber stamp Zuma's reply. Talk about wasting time Stone. You guys have wasted 20 years already. You stuff up a good country to protect one individual.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-08-29 14:49

    Stone Sizani it must be hard to realize that not everyone is an ANC lackey standing ready at your beg and call. Long live the opposition.

  • Phil Galpin - 2014-08-29 15:04

    If that's Stone Sizani's excuse for 'nothing getting done', I can't wait to hear his wife's explanation for stealing money from schoolchildren!

  • Johan Kieser - 2014-08-29 15:33

    The Aint-No-Cee committee members haev no choice but to act so dementedly. I am sure zuma has read them the riot act and promised them severe repercussions for their future and earnings. Dingaan has spoken, danced and disappeared. He can run but he cannot hide. If anyone else had 700 charges against him or her, surely at least one must stick. I smell a rat and I know who the dead (on his feet) rat is. He has an audacity to still keep his seat warm - but there is nobody able or worthy in their entire congress who can take over - his ex - OHMG

  • Wonga Zatavikialovendaya Tola - 2014-08-29 16:00

    God needs to come down Himself because Jesus is taking too long.

  • Lilian K - 2014-08-29 16:07

    I wish News 24 would stop using the abbreviation 'Parly' it is so cheesy. Come on.

  • blackmarlene - 2014-08-29 17:17

    Just how much security can you buy for R240 000 000? What are we protecting here? Fort Knox? Or the Queen of Sheba? That's an obscene amount to spend when people are uneducated, going hungry and are cold. Where women are chased out onto the pavement to have their babies, because the clinics don't have the wherewithal to pay for materials (or maybe staffed by the wrong people). Sies Mr Zuma - you are a disgrace.

  • Renier Harrison - 2014-08-29 17:34

    I love all the comments that's been given here but the people that needs to know this thing can't read.

  • Stanley Mashamba - 2014-08-29 18:14

    Arrest Zuma and let him rot in jail,the damage he has done to the country is beyond repair,he's liability to the nation as a whole.

  • Johan Diedericks - 2014-08-29 18:25

    Zuma must be allowed to steal as much as he can before retirement on the expence of the taxpayer! VIVA Luthuli house!!!

  • Levy Segone - 2014-08-29 18:39

    hi everyone let's not fool our self even if we see the real truth Zuma is rotten

  • alistair.mcintyre - 2014-08-30 08:00

    What are all of these investigations and committees costing the taxpayer?

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