Maimane: Zuma must appear before new Nkandla ad-hoc committee

The committee will consider Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's Nkandla report on Nkandla.

President Jacob Zuma speaks in Parliament. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane wants President Jacob Zuma to appear before a new Nkandla ad-hoc committee.

The committee, to be established by a resolution of the National Assembly, will consider Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's Nkandla report which found Zuma was not liable to pay back a portion of the R246 million upgrades to his KwaZulu-Natal home.

Nhleko determined all the features, including a swimming pool and visitor's centre, are there for the president's security.

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Maimane said the ad-hoc committee should be allowed to call the president to account.

"What we're arguing is that those terms of reference need to be explicit and ensure that with the subpoena, the president can come through and the public protector can be able to give supportive information to our own report and that no ad-hoc committee has the power to in fact amend her own recommendations."

Maimane said the DA's participation in the committee will depend on its terms of reference.

"Zuma must appear to come and account and his failure to do so, Parliament must reject this report, that it is unlawful, that it is bias and it's unconstitutional and failure to do all of those that in fact this matter must be discussed in a court of law."

The African National Congress (ANC's) Moloto Mothapo said it would be wrong for opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) to pull out.

"That will be a dereliction of duty on the part of Parliament to reveal a report of this magnitude and do nothing about it."

Opposition parties walked out of a similar committee last year after wrangling over whether the president should be called to answer questions.


The ANC said it expects the National Assembly to agree to establish an ad-hoc committee today.

Mothapo said, "We're expecting all political parties to participate in that committee so it will be strange that when we have already agreed on the formation of the committee, but now they don't want to participate and would rather go to court."

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