Mbete missed opportunity to apologise to SA - DA

2016-04-03 21:00
(File: DA)

(File: DA)

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Johannesburg - National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete has missed an opportunity to apologise to the country following the Constitutional Court's judgment earlier this week and should resign, the DA says.

Earlier on Sunday, Mbete told reporters that there was no need for the National Assembly to apologise regarding the court's findings because it had acted maliciously.

"There is no ConCourt [judgment] that said we violated [the Constitution]. Some things were inconsistent," she said.

"There is a difference between saying a particular action was inconsistent with the Constitution... It's different to saying you went out knowingly and violated the Constitution.

"I don't think Parliament or the National Assembly is in a position where our understanding is that we have done something maliciously for which we have to apologise."

Last week the Constitutional Court found that President Jacob Zuma had acted inconsistently with the Constitution when he failed to comply with the public protector's remedial action on the upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

The Constitutional Court also ruled that the National Assembly had also acted inconsistently with the Constitution when it chose to set aside Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report following her probe into security upgrades at Zuma's Nkandla home.

Madonsela had found that not all the upgrades – worth millions of rands – were linked to the president's security.

The National Assembly established an ad hoc committee that produced two reports, both of which exonerated Zuma and stated that he did not have to pay back any of the money.

On Sunday, DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen described Mbete's statements as a waste of Parliament and the public's time.

Instead of apologising, Mbete tried to speak around the fact that the National Assembly had breached its own obligations to the Constitution, by facilitating the enforcement of the public protector's recommendations, he said.

Steenhuisen called for Mbete's resignation, saying she had an inflated sense of Parliamentary authority.

"Parliament has battled biased rulings and crept from constitutional crisis to crisis during her tenure," he said.

Parliament's reputation could not be restored under her leadership and she had to be held accountable for her and Parliament's complicity in the Nkandla matter, he said.

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