THE DA plans to use parliament’s newly established ad hoc committee on the public protector’s report on Nkandla to force President Jacob Zuma to prove the existence of a mortgage bond on his controversial rural homestead.
DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said yesterday her party would also push for the committee to summons Zuma and his ministers in the security cluster to give evidence before the oversight authority.
Mazibuko said since Zuma had dodged questions on his bond from public protector Thuli Madonsela during her investigation, they wanted to compel him to prove that his bond existed to dispel allegations that he had previously misled parliament on the matter.
“Now it’s for parliament to wade in and say ‘you have to produce proof that you didn’t lie to the House last year when you said you had a bond on this house’,” she said.
National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu said on Wednesday he had appointed a 12-member multiparty ad hoc committee to look into Madonsela’s report on Nkandla as well as Zuma’s response to it, which he submitted to parliament last week.
Mazibuko said she and MP James Selfe would represent the DA on the ad hoc committee.
She said the committee must flex its muscles to force answers from all implicated parties in the Nkandla matter, including Zuma.
Mazibuko said the bond question was one of 29 unanswered questions highlighted by Madonsela in her report.
“Madonsela could not get to the bottom of [the bond question] because the president dodged her questions,” she said.
But the DA’s plans are likely to be blocked by the ANC, which has the majority voice on the ad hoc committee with seven members.
ANC chief whip Stone Sizani said the party would limit the committee’s mandate to considering Zuma’s reply to the public protector.
“The ad hoc committee will restrict itself to its mandate outlined in the points of reference and report back to the National Assembly with recommendations where applicable,” Sizani said.
In his notice on the establishment of the ad hoc committee, Sisulu had said the committee would consider Zuma’s submission and make recommendations where necessary.
Sizani also accused the DA of being opportunistic and misguided by insisting that the ad hoc committee marked the beginning of impeachment proceedings against Zuma, saying this was deliberately misleading and electioneering rhetoric.
“The ad hoc committee has absolutely nothing to do with either the so-called impeachment or the DA’s request for the establishment of a ‘committee’ to impeach the president,” he said.
“The notion that the committee has some sort of relation to impeachment is nothing but wishful thinking and self-deception which is not borne out by any fact.”
– Aphiwe Deklerk