Still no green light for Nkandla debate

2013-03-07 19:20

Cape Town - A DA motion for a debate on the R206m upgrade of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home has been referred back to the chief whips' forum, the party said on Thursday.

This followed Thursday morning's National Assembly programming committee meeting, where no agreement could be reached, Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said.

National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu opted to refer the matter back.

"The DA will stand firm on this matter. We have been allocated the space in the parliamentary schedule to have a DA motion debated, and it cannot be up to the ANC to decide on our behalf what to debate," Mazibuko said.

"If the ANC continues to block my motion in its ongoing effort to protect President Zuma from being held to account, then the Speaker must reconsider the decision not to allow a debate of public importance on 'Nkandlagate' in terms of... the Rules of the National Assembly."

On Wednesday, African National Congress Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga said allowing a debate on state spending on Zuma's Nkandla home would be like putting the cart before the horse.

"This is because the matter is currently under formal investigation and the findings have not [yet] been made.

"The investigative institutions, such as the Office of the Public Protector, which is accountable to Parliament, must be afforded space to do their work without undue political influence from Parliament," he said.

Earlier, Mazibuko said that at Wednesday's chief whips' forum meeting, the ANC rejected her notice of motion for debate on the "Nkandlagate" scandal to be held on Tuesday.

The DA had also proposed an alternative, should the debate on Nkandla not go ahead.

But, this motion to debate the constitutionality of the National Key Points Act was also rejected, she said.

  • kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-03-07 19:25

    It won't amount to anything. Zuma and his scumbag pals are untouchable. Unless you can score much more than just 25% of the vote in elections you have no chance. What happened to the vote of no confidence?

      Corrupted Zuma - 2013-03-07 19:58

      ANC = Another NAZI Compound! The thief's will not raise this issue. But they forgot the world knows already that the ANC and ZUMA is corrupted thief's!!!!

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-03-07 21:17

      Please do not use capital letters for "anc".

  • Mbuso Siera - 2013-03-07 19:34

    Is this matter not under investigation,what does she want to debate about or she has compiled her own report...if the DA has nothing to debate about other than Nkandla they are free to just shut up...

      WilsoWill - 2013-03-07 19:57

      nkandla, saa, free state web site, police murders, political murders, fraud charges against ANC leaders, arms deal, secrecy bill, incompetent ministers, eskom, e tolls and and and..... there is a lot to discuss

      Thobanie Dube - 2013-03-08 02:03

      Ai dis tea grl of Helan Zele hast is strtin 2pis me off

      Roz Conway - 2013-03-08 08:10

      You are so ignorant. Wonder if your benefit from any of this!!!!

      mo.matt.14 - 2013-03-08 09:53

      Thobanie, you have no problem calling her tea girl. So would you object to people calling you garden boy? Do not dish out what you cannot take yourself. Debate is a must in ANY democracy. Seems Lindiwe grasps that concept. You and your corrupt party have NO CLUE what democracy means.

      Henry Smata - 2013-03-08 20:44

      U r d 1 2 shut up. Even if d investigators r ur ppl, know tht d end results wil b pains 2 zuma, mayb 2 u too. After his term as president things wil b far diferent 4 him. We shal auction even sum of his wives n leave him with 1. Watch n c as time tells d events n incidents

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-03-08 20:53

      @Henry Smata - Auction his wives? So the buying and selling of people is still alive and well in liberated South Africa

  • Linds Ron-House - 2013-03-07 19:57

    I don't see how a parliamentary debate (talk show) will help us. What we need is a criminal investigation.

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-03-07 21:21

      @Linds - Leonard talks sense! A debate publicizes things, puts them in the public eye, stirs things up, etc. And in South Africa almost always embarrasses the anc! Vote DA!

  • Bongeka - 2013-03-07 20:48

    Justice delayed is justice denied, period.

  • Ian Robert Reid - 2013-03-07 20:51

    Do u know how many mansions and fast cars i can buy 4 ¤200mil it's a fu??ing joke??

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-03-07 21:22

      I would buy a nice fat yacht!

  • Bapela Freddy - 2013-03-07 21:06


  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2013-03-07 21:08

    So afraid, do not want people to know is going on. The people already knows, but only wants Zuma to confirm it. He is not stealing the ANC is stealing for him, so he is innocent, did not know a huge wall is being build, a shop for the wife number 1, hospital, bunker, bulletproof glass, all the other nice things like a gym, maybe a massage salon, for the next wife???

  • John Jhon - 2013-03-07 23:07

    They probably think if they can spend 97 million on one provice's website, 250 million is too low for a house. They hear website and think Bill Gates, they hear President and tink King. They hear nkandla and think why not. I hear nkandla and think For F%@k's sake stop stealing!!!!!!!!!

  • Stephan Butler - 2013-03-13 10:20

    Thank you Mr Zuma for letting people live in tin shacks with no water and electricity. Hope you sleep nice in your Nkandla home because it might burn down like some unsafe tin shacks you force people to live in. You are a great example for the people that voted and will still vote for your corrupt thieving government. The poor will become more poorer in this country with this ANC government due to the spending spree you and your ministers do with tax money.

  • Khaya Mgoqi - 2013-04-01 08:40

    Wwhhaaw,,,,,,,,,what l can say in considering the lnkandlagate scandal is that in this country the justice system is been turmoilled by the ruling party in order to escape the matter,,,,,how the investigation been prolonged,,,,,to my view l put in record of the public domain that the anc is fooling our democratic despensation ,,,and lm not happy about those conducting investigations may be they ar zuma,s ilk political interest,,,.

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