Maimane: Nkandla report a travesty

2014-11-13 18:57
Mmusi Maimane (Picture: Beeld)

Mmusi Maimane (Picture: Beeld)

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

Cape Town - The adoption of the report by the ad hoc committee on Nkandla is a travesty of parliamentary oversight, DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said on Thursday.

Speaking during debate on the report in the National Assembly, he told MPs that President Jacob Zuma had forsaken his constitutional duty "and the ANC report has rubber-stamped his sins".

Maimane repeated his party's call on the president to account for the R246m spent on upgrades to his Nkandla residence, failing which the Democratic Alliance would seek his removal from office.

He said the African National Congress members of the committee had showed no desire to establish the truth of what happened at Nkandla, and had remained "blindly loyal" to their leader.

"It was in the context of this clear desire to exonerate the president and allow him to dodge accountability that the opposition members withdrew from the proceedings."

Maimane said the "condescending and dismissive way" in which Zuma had dealt with queries on Nkandla was unbecoming of his office.

"The president has been party to a deception of the grandest scale. Public money was stolen at Nkandla, and now the president cowers in shame, hiding behind ANC numbers in Parliament."

The money had been destined for service projects.

"Most abhorrently, it was money stolen from the poor of South Africa, who struggle every day to get ahead. This is nothing short of an impeachable offence. President Zuma must account. It is not our request - it is his constitutional imperative.

"Should the president fail to heed this call, we will be left with no choice but to move for his removal from office," Maimane told the House.

"He must lead by example. He must either comply with the Public Protector, or we must move to have him impeached. I call on you to protect the poor of this country, and hold President Zuma to account," he said.

Read more on:    mmusi maimane  |  jacob zuma  |  nkandla upgrade  |  politics  |  local government

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.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

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.