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NA approves Nkandla report exonerating Zuma

The ANC used its majority in the house depite an outcry by opposition parties and a walkout by the EFF.

FILE: Minister Nhleko found the president does not owe anything for the upgrades which included a swimming pool, cattle kraal, amphitheatre and visitor center. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - A report that absolves President Jacob Zuma of any financial liability for upgrades to his Nkandla home has been adopted by Parliament.

This despite attempts by opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) to convince the ANC to vote with their conscience and reject it.

The ANC used its majority in Parliament on Tuesday to give the document the stamp of approval.

The report endorses Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's findings that Zuma doesn't owe a cent for the upgrades to his private residence, which included a swimming pool, cattle kraal, amphitheatre and visitor center.

ANC MP Francois Beukman said the steps followed by the ad-hoc committee were in-line with the Constitution.

'DO THE RIGHT THING'

Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Glynnis Breytenbach earlier urged the ANC to do the right thing.

"It is clear that the ANC caucus today is intent upon bulldozing this report through this house. We appeal to them to vote according to their dormant consciences, to vote in favour of the minority report presented by the opposition parties.

"Do the right thing, just this once. You might actually enjoy it," she said.

The Economic Freedom Fighters refused to participate in the debate.

The third-largest party attempted to delay the debate in Parliament by claiming the matter was sub-judice.

EFF Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu told MPs not to proceed with the debate because the matter was the subject of its Constitutional Court application.

"All the issues that are going to be discussed here are now before the court of law, the Constitutional Court," he said.

The EFF pointed out Parliament's rule 67, which prevents MPs from referring to matters on which a judicial decision is pending.

DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen then weighed in.

"As I have said many times on this platform and at the programming committee - the sub-judice rule no longer exists".

Steenhuisen however agreed with the EFF that the rule was applied inconsistently by Parliament's presiding officers to suppress the opposition.

Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli ruled the debate continue.

The Congress of the People's Deidre Carter says the committee's report is a whitewash.