Ad-hoc committee to deal with Nhleko's Nkandla report in isolation
The ANC used its majority in Parliament to approve a committee only dealing with the police minister’s report.
CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) used its majority in Parliament to approve the establishment of an ad-hoc committee on Nkandla, despite opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) objecting to the Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's report being considered in isolation.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday called on Parliament to consider Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings in addition to the police minister's report.
The party said the committee should also be able to call President Jacob Zuma to answer questions but its proposal was rejected when put to a vote.
Nhleko last week said Zuma doesn't have to pay a cent for the upgrades to his private home in KwaZulu-Natal because all of the features installed, including a swimming pool, are there for his security.
DA Leader Mmusi Maimane appealed for accountability in Parliament.
"How in which world can we be telling South Africans as Parliament that we think it's sensible that a swimming pool must become a fire pool? This is ridiculous, honourable members."
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) chief whip Floyd Shivambu said Parliament must reject, with contempt, any attempt by the ANC and the executive to undermine South Africa's hard won democracy.
Freedom Front Plus (FF+) MP Corné Mulder said if the ANC's motion was accepted it would mean Parliament ignores the Public Protector's report.
African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Steve Swart implored the ANC to accept the DA's proposal, adding that if it doesn't, Parliament would be subverting the powers of the Public Protector.
The Congress of the People (Cope)'s Mosiuoa Lekota said Madonsela's findings can't be reviewed by any structure other than a court of law.
ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani hit back at the opposition.
"We are dealing with the report of the Ministry of Police, why would they call other people?"
Opposition MPs succeeded in delaying a vote on the establishment of the ad-hoc committee, but in the end the ANC got its way.
"The results are in. Those who voted in favour are 192 and those who voted against are 103."
The committee is expected to report back to the house by 7 August.
For a full breakdown of Nhleko's Nkandla report _ click here_.