Parliament can’t ‘rubber stamp’ Madonsela’s Nkandla report

Lechesa Tsenoli has responded to claims Parliament failed to implement Madonsela's findings on Nkandla.

The clinic facility at the president Jacob Zuma's home in Nkandla was among those inspected by Parliament ad hoc committee during their site inspection. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The acting speaker of the National Assembly has told the Constitutional Court in legal papers that Parliament can't simply rubber stamp the Public Protector's report in relation to Nkandla.

The speaker has now formally responded to claims by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) that Parliament failed to implement Thuli Madonsela's findings that President Jacob Zuma must pay back some of the money spent on his home.

In these documents, acting National Assembly speaker Lechesa Tsenoli says the DA has made a fundamental error of law in saying the National Assembly must implement Thuli Madonsela's remedial action.

He says to reduce Parliament to a rubber stamp would be to remove its constitutional powers.

He also says that the parts of the Constitution relied on by the DA don't actually enforce obligations on Parliament.

Tsenoli says that the EFF has failed to show the National Assembly hasn't provided oversight mechanisms, as it did actually go through a process.

That's a reference to the ANC-dominated parliamentary committee that investigated the issue before finding President Jacob Zuma did not have to pay back the money spent on his home.