Presidency needs parliamentary oversight committee – Maimane

2016-09-15 17:11
DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane. (File)

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Johannesburg – The DA on Thursday called for the establishment of a parliamentary committee to oversee the presidency.

"We must again make an urgent call for the establishment of a parliamentary oversight committee which will exercise oversight of the country's highest office," DA leader Mmusi Maimane told reporters at a briefing to present the party's presidential handbook.

He said it was intended to eliminate ambiguity, like having a swimming pool being called a fire pool in the Nkandla saga.

"This handbook seeks to address the manifold shortcomings of the current presidential handbook, which sets out to merely delineate which government department is liable for presidential spending without setting crucial parameters or limitations."

Accountability

The DA’s handbook covers presidential remuneration, benefits, taxation, residences, transport, relinquishing of office, and travel privileges for former presidents and their deputies.

The president is compelled to disclose business interests. It sets limits on spousal support, outlines permissible security upgrades to private homes, and holds the president accountable for non-official travel costs. There is no private vehicle allowance.

Maimane said it was unimaginable that the National Assembly was not adequately able to exercise oversight over the presidency, despite the fact that it was accountable to the House.

He said during his first month in office, Tshwane DA Mayor Solly Msimanga imposed a ban on the purchase of luxury cars for government employees.

"This all stems from our fundamental belief that government is there to serve the people and government funds are strictly reserved for core functions of government that benefit people, not politics," he said.

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