Parallel Nkandla investigations went against law - DA

2015-11-16 21:16
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

(Amanda Khoza, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The DA said the establishment of parallel investigations by the President, Speaker of the National Assembly and the minister of police were inconsistent with legal precedent determined by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

This is according to its replying affidavit filed in the Constitutional Court.

It said the various investigative processes led to several reports aimed at displacing the public protector's “Secure in Comfort” report.

The processes further “allowed President Jacob Zuma to avoid giving effect to the public protector’s remedial action and essentially get off scot-free”, MP James Selfe said in a statement on Monday. 

Selfe said the SCA had determined earlier this year that “an individual or body affected by any finding, decision or remedial action taken by the Public Protector is not entitled to embark on a parallel investigation process... and adopt the position that the outcome of that... [parallel] process trumps the findings taken by the public protector.

“Furthermore, should an affected body or individual seek to challenge the findings and remedial actions of the public protector they should... provide rational reasons by way of a review application in a court of law. The president to date has not done so; he has instead frustrated the work of the public protector by way of erecting parallel processes, which have no legal basis,” he said.

“For far too long President Zuma and the ANC have abdicated on their responsibility to uphold the Rule of the Law and the Constitution, but have done everything to undermine the work of the public protector.”

Selfe said the DA was confident that the court would instruct Zuma to comply with the remedial action in the public protector’s report “which is to pay a reasonable percentage of the costs of the non-security upgrades to his private residence at Nkandla”.

Read more on:    da  |  jacob zuma  |  cape town  |  politics  |  nkandla upgrade

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.