Nkandla committee at odds over mandate

Cape Town - Opposition parties on Friday refused to elect the chair of the new parliamentary committee on the Nkandla controversy until its mandate had been clarified, to ensure the public protector's report is not sidelined.

Democratic Alliance MP James Selfe said the opposition agreed beforehand to argue that "at the heart of it is the public protector's report and we need to be absolutely certain that all relevant documentation will be consulted".

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema made plain the opposition feared that the ruling party could not be trusted to uphold Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings.

Instead, he said after the meeting, it (the African National Congress) would want President Jacob Zuma's bitterly contested submission to Parliament on Nkandla - in which he declined to comment on her report - to be accepted as the last word on the controversy that had haunted him for years.

"I know exactly what the ANC is going to do. They are going to come here and accept the president's report as an accurate reflection of what happened and say the matter is closed."


The ANC reluctantly conceded that the first meeting of the committee be adjourned, but afterwards appeared at odds with the opposition as to what would happen next.

According to DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane, it was understood that the terms of reference of the committee would be referred back to the National Assembly to be elaborated.

But Cedric Frolick, the ANC's nominee for chairperson, said there was no need to do this.

"It simply requires further discussion but the secretary will be called and the Speaker will be called in to discuss it. I have stated the view of the ANC, as far as the proposal is concerned there is definitely a trust deficit and that can be dealt with without taking it back to the National Assembly."

The issue caused heated debate in the chamber earlier this month when the DA argued unsuccessfully that the terms of reference of the committee were too vague and had to be redrafted.

A motion to this effect was voted down by the ANC, with chief whip Stone Sizani saying the opposition should accept assurances that the committee would consider all relevant documents.

Neziswa Luthuli 2014-08-29 12:16:12 PM
Obviously the ANC will try to sideline the PP's report....that is what this whole thing is about...I hope they don't succeed.
Rod Glod 2014-08-29 12:16:21 PM
I agree with the EFF tactics in parliament about this Anytime Zuma opens his mouth , the refrain from the peanut gallery or anyone there should be PAY BACK THE MONEY...PAY BACK THE MONEY...PAY BACK THE MONEY...PAY BACK THE MONEY...PAY BACK THE MONEY...PAY BACK THE MONEY...
Beaulah Fortuin 2014-08-29 12:17:31 PM
proudlysa 2014-08-29 12:26:53 PM
Stone, do you seriously believe that anyone will go on your word? Eish, a lying, corrupt party cannot expect that from anyone (look at your track record). Well, the day the ANC owns up to something they did wrong is the day that I will start getting respect for them again
Danie Nel 2014-08-29 12:27:21 PM
Julle mors 'n moerse klomp geld. Daar kom nooit iets produktiefs uit hierdie ondersoeke nie.
Lood De Klerk 2014-08-29 12:30:46 PM
It is time we all just say it! Zuma is a fraud and thief and must be removed! No more committees and reports! How can you be so dikvellig to always just want to get out of it and get your party to help you! No more! ANC is fed up!
mmmmTim 2014-08-29 12:32:39 PM
The cANCer just don't understand that the more they defend the indefensible, the more stupid and immoral they all look, and the more upport and votes they are losing. A lot of people in cANCer need to develop a backbone and say NO, enough is enough to lies
Lawrence Robert Atkinson 2014-08-29 12:32:43 PM
We've been given assurances, many many times. The investigation into the Arms Deal. Travelgate. eTolls. Etc etc. No, ANC, we don't trust your assurances. We want a clear mandate. That fits the issue. That makes the PP Report (note, it's the only legally binding and constitutionally binding report) the primary report to be dealt with.
Julia Meyer 2014-08-29 12:42:36 PM
How many committees and task teams are they going to set up for this scandal? More money wasted! Just pay back the money already!
Khutso Bokaba 2014-08-29 12:45:40 PM
What is the ANC trying to hide? Why are they against everyone when it comes to Nkandla? Why can't the matter be discussed without any limits???