Stone Sizani sticks to his guns
Stone Sizani says he's not being inconsistent on his Nkandla comments.
JOHANNESBURG - Former African National Congress (ANC) chief whip in the National Assembly, Stone Sizani, says he's not being inconsistent by saying that ANC MPs always wanted President Jacob Zuma to pay back some of the money spent by government on Nkandla.
This morning, it emerged he'd said he always wanted Zuma to repay some of that money. LISTEN: EWN's Gaye Davis on Sizani's Nkandla comments.
LISTEN: EWN's Gaye Davis on Sizani's Nkandla comments.
But the report passed by the ANC MPs adopted the findings of Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's report which found the president should not pay back any of that money.
Sizani resigned suddenly from his position as chief whip this week.
In the surprise move, he is now being redeployed to serve as South Africa's ambassador to Germany.
He says people simply haven't looked at the reports properly.
"There is no misunderstanding because the reports are very clear. I do not understand why people don't want to read the reports that we tabled to Parliament. Those reports are public property."
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The claims that the ANC's Parliamentary caucus always wanted Zuma to pay back some of the money spent on his Nkandla homestead, were described as "dishonest" and "self-serving".
The Mail & Guardian newspaper reported that the former ANC Chief Whip claims Public Protector Thuli Madonsela always had the party's support concerning her controversial Nkandla report.
He's also dismissed reports that ANC MPs were angered by Zuma's concessions in the Constitutional Court last month.
Political analyst Ralph Mathekga said this was a desperate move.
"I think that this is the most dishonest statement to come out of the caucus of the ANC in Parliament."
The Constitutional Court is yet to deliver its judgment on the Nkandla matter.