DA determined to have Nhleko’s Nkandla report rejected

The DA is making a last ditch attempt to convince Parliament to reject Nhleko’s Nkandla report.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says if they fail in their attempt to have the minority report on Nkandla adopted by the National Assembly, they will take the speaker to court. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN -The Democratic Alliance (DA) is making a last ditch attempt to convince Parliament to reject the Police Minister's report on the Nkandla spending debacle.

Earlier this month, the African National Congress (ANC) used its majority in a parliamentary ad-hoc committee to give Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's report its stamp of approval.

The committee's recommendation will be put to the National Assembly for adoption on Tuesday.

In her report released last year Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found President Jacob Zuma had benefited unduly from the non-security features that formed part of the R246 million project to upgrade his homestead in rural KwaZulu-Natal.

Opposition parties tried in vain to convince ruling party members of Parliament (MPs) in the ad-hoc committee to adopt their minority report.

The document, endorsed by nine opposition parties, recommends that the Police minister's report be rejected.

DA MP James Selfe says his party will try to convince the National Assembly to adopt their report on Tuesday.

"We will try and persuade the African National Congress APC alliance to adopt our minority report."

Selfe says if they fail, the party will take the speaker to court.

"We will then start legal proceedings."

Nhleko found President Zuma didn't have to pay a cent for the upgrades.

The DA says the report adopted by the ad-hoc committee on Nkandla is fundamentally flawed and should not be adopted by the National Assembly on Tuesday.

The DA's John Steenhuisen says MPs will be asked to vote with their conscience in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

"The DA will move a motion in the National Assembly on behalf of the opposition to have the ad-hoc committee's report substituted with the minority report that was indeed drafted by the various opposition parties."

ANC spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says opposition parties are not allowed to substitute one report with another.

"They participated in the entire ad-hoc committee process in bad faith."

The DA says its lawyers have been instructed to mount a legal challenge against the Speaker and the President if its motion fails.

Meanwhile, The Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) has already filed papers in the Constitutional Court in a bid to force the President to comply with the Public Protector's remedial action.