DA pushes for Nkandla debate

The DA claims the National Key Point Act is being used to cover up over-expenditure in govt.

The upgraded Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, which allegedly cost more than R200 million to upgrade. Picture: City Press.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Key Point Act is being used to cover up over-expenditure in government and therefore needs to change, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday.

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko wanted to debate upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, which reportedly cost more than R200 million.

The president and ministers can declare a property a national key point and therefore exempt it from any scrutiny, including how much is being spent on it.

Mazibuko wants to introduce a Private Member's Bill that will properly define a national key point and ensure a register of these places is kept.

"The problem with the legislation, at the moment, is that it is a quite convenient for any minister who wants to hide spending."

She said she will put in another request for a Parliamentary debate on the Nkandla scandal after her first one was turned down.