17 March 2014

South Africa: DA to Respond to Nkandlagate Report

Photo: G Stolley/Sapa
President Jacob Zuma's residence in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

press release

The latest from ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, and Minister of Public Service and Administration, Lindiwe Sisulu, regarding the legitimacy of the Nkandlagate report must be condemned in the strongest terms. They are patently a last ditch effort by the ANC to try and prevent President Jacob Zuma from facing the music.

Reports today that the President himself has sought to intervene in the Public Protector's investigation - a fundamental breach of the separation of powers - are also of great concern. We will be investigating this matter further and will take additional steps against the President if the allegations prove to be true.

I requested the investigation into the R200 million expenditure on President Zuma's private home from the Public Protector, Adv Thuli Madonsela, on 4 August 2012, on behalf of the Democratic Alliance. We have done everything possible to ensure that this investigation is carried out and the report is made public. The process over the past two years has been arduous. It has also been impeded at every single turn by the ANC in an attempt to delegitimise the Public Protector's report before it has been released in order to protect President Zuma from public accountability.

Despite this multi-pronged effort by the ANC, the DA has used every step available to us to ensure accountability. We have:

Asked 34 written questions in Parliament;

Forced answers through oral questions to the President in the House;

Submitted 6 applications in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act;

Requested investigations by SCOPA, SCOA, the Public Protector and the Auditor General;

Tabled the Crucial Infrastructure Bill as a Private Members Bill to repeal the National Key Points Act;

Tabled and debated a motion on the constitutionality of the National Key Points Act in the National Assembly;

Tabled 3 substantive motions against the President and Minister Thulas Nxesi for their roles in the Nkandlagate scandal;

Fought the unlawful classification of the Public Works Task Team Report and its questionable consideration by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence;

Went to court in our effort to gain access to the report;

Uncovered the fact that Minister Thulas Nxesi misled Parliament in his classification of this report;

Used member statements in the House to read out key information being kept from the public on this scandal.

The DA will not be deterred in our continued efforts to ensure that this flagrant corruption results in all those responsible being held to account.

We have done so unrelentingly over the past two years, and we will continue to do so until we have all the answers.

On Wednesday, 19 March 2014, DA Parliamentary Leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko MP, DA Parliamentary Caucus Chairperson, Dr Wilmot James MP and DA Shadow Minister of Public Works, Anchen Dreyer MP, will hold a press conference to respond to the Public Protector's release of the final Nkandla report.

Date: 19 March 2014

Time: 14:00 (To be confirmed on the day as the DA briefing will take place after the Public Protector's briefing)

Venue: M314, Marks Building Parliament.

Lindiwe Mazibuko, Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance

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