Scopa sorry for report 'confusion'

2011-08-11 21:37

Cape Town - The chairperson of Parliament's public accounts committee (Scopa) has apologised for "any confusion" about Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the SA Police Service lease deals.

"My statement about the referral of the report of the public Protector [to Scopa] was due to a misreading of the Announcements, Tablings, and Committee (ATC) Reports, a publication of Parliament, dated July 27 2011," Godi said in a statement on Thursday.

"The report of the public protector was not referred to the committee on public accounts," he said.

Earlier on Thursday, Parliament denied that the report had been referred to Scopa.

"In terms of the Rules of the National Assembly the Speaker must table, among others, all reports and other papers submitted in terms of legislation," Parliament's communications service said in a statement.

This was done by way of an entry in the ATC reports published daily.

The rules also determined that such reports and papers were referred to the appropriate committee by the Speaker.

Madonsela's report was received and tabled in the ATC of July 27, and was not at that stage referred to any committee.

"This report, together with many others that were received while Parliament was engaged in constituency and committee work, will be referred to the appropriate committees when the National Assembly begins sitting next week."

The matter had since been discussed with Godi, who had indicated that his statement about the report's referral to his committee had been due to a "misreading" of the ATC of July 27.

An entirely different report - a reply from the minister of justice and constitutional development to another Scopa report - had been referred to that committee.

"Mr Godi accepts that the report of public protector has not been referred to his committee," Parliament said.

  • Cheryl Muir - 2011-08-11 21:43

    black and white citizens should march together in streets united against these corrupt acts of treason against the nation... or are we too spineless ? the corrupt are trying to make out that it is whites against blacks. but we should march together against president for life zuma and his police commisioner , corrupt freinds, cronies and mates he has surounded himself with

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-08-11 21:51


      daaivark - 2011-08-12 07:44

      I agree. Not big on marches, but being united in this would be great. A pipe dream perhaps?

  • jockvanwyk - 2011-08-11 21:51

    it is no good saying sorry,its a disgrace and shows the sad state of affairs of our Govt.

  • GT - 2011-08-11 21:59

    Themba Godi is one of the good guys.... I think. Seems like a rare honest error from parliament. The President however is looking about as useful as tits on a bull. Has he actually done anything this year?

  • Nipcat - 2011-08-11 22:02

    It takes the DA to point out that what they are doing is illegal - chancers!

      ProudlyKgomo - 2011-08-11 22:46

      But then that is DA's duty is parliament!

      daaivark - 2011-08-12 07:45

      As with any opposition party worth its salt.

  • - 2011-08-11 22:31

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Nice try. Obfuscation is the game of the day. There is no "confusion" about the delaying tactics Zuma and comrades will try to make this thing go away. Who in the ANC/government has the will to take strong action on the recommendations of the Public Protector's report? (hey, people, don't hold your breath on this one)

  • JadedJay - 2011-08-11 22:59

    Lies, lies, lies. I have come to the conclusion that with the exception of a very limited few, black people cannot tell the truth.

      daaivark - 2011-08-12 07:45

      OK, JJ, Prove yourself an a**ehole one more time.

      Mindtone - 2011-08-12 10:50

      I think you know that your comment is racist to the highest degree given your belief about black people but ignorance is bliss as they say.

  • daaivark - 2011-08-12 07:43

    COnfusion my foot. That misleading statement was yet another iteration of the constant attempts to undermine the credibility of this brave woman.

  • Brigitte - 2011-08-12 08:31

    Moeletsi Mbeki for president!

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