Opposition parties send warning to ANC

Opposition parties accused the ANC of destroying everything former president Nelson Mandela stood for.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma responding to Members of Parliament during the State of the Nation debate on 20 June 2014. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition parties have issued a stern warning to the African National Congress (ANC) and to President Jacob Zuma.

They say the president must be held accountable for the multi-million rand upgrades to his Nkandla residence.

Opposition Members of Parliament have promised to table their own report on the scandal before the end of this month as they believe the Nkandla ad-hoc committee is illegitimate.

The parties withdrew from the Parliamentary committee a week ago.

They wrangled over whether witnesses could be called to testify and whether the public protector's report on the upgrades should be enforced.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says Zuma must be held accountable.

"The only thing we're left with is the constitution, because politicians and businesses are corrupt, religious people are drinking petrol so one doesn't know where to go. Let's protect the constitution with all we have."

Democratic Alliance Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said, "It's a grave day when Parliament can't do its own mandate that we must ask judges, who are supposed to be dealing with other matters, to deal with what Parliament must do."

The parties also slated Zuma, saying the ad-hoc committee's findings have been predetermined by Luthuli House.

Maimane said officials from the Public Works Department who worked on the procurement process were made scapegoats by the president.

The parties also accused the ANC of destroying everything late former president Nelson Mandela stood for.