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DA to propose a motion to substitute Nkandla report

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The DA will propose a motion in the National Assembly on Tuesday to have Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s report on Nkandla substituted with a report that the party drafted with other opposition parties.

The DA said the opposition report found that Nhleko misinterpreted his mandate and only concentrated on four issues in his report on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

It also found that he failed to consider other issues raised in the reports of the Public Protector and the Special Investigating Unit, that prices were inflated, there were instances of poor workmanship, and that none of the amounts spent at Nkandla appeared in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework or departmental budgets.

“Minister Nhleko’s report – effectively rubber-stamped by the ANC in the [Nkandla ad hoc] committee – is completely at odds with due process and our Constitution, and should have been declared irrational by Parliament. Tomorrow [Tuesday] is our last chance to do so,” a statement by the party said.

“We therefore appeal to all members of the National Assembly – especially those within the ANC – to exercise their consciences and support the deletion and substitution of the Nkandla whitewash report with the DA’s minority report.”

The DA said the ANC had refused to allow key witnesses such as Advocate Thuli Madonsela to appear before the committee to brief it on her report and its proposed remedial actions. Instead the committee’s scope was restricted to Nhleko’s report. News24


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