IFP calls on Parliament to set up committee on Nkandla ruling

The IFP’s Narend Singh wants assurances that the National Assembly will comply with the ConCourt’s judgment.

A screen grab of President Jacob Zuma and parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete.Picture: YouTube

JOHANNESBURG - The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has called on National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to set up a multi-party committee to unpack the Constitutional Court judgment and its impact on Parliament.

The party wrote to Mbete after the court found the National Assembly failed to hold President Jacob Zuma accountable by ensuring that he complied with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial action.

In 2014, Madonsela found Zuma benefitted unduly from the non-security features which formed part of the government's R246 million project, to upgrade his private home in Nkandla.

The highest court in the land has now ordered him to pay back a reasonable portion of the cost of the refurbishments. The National Treasury will determine how much he has to pay.

IFP's Chief Whip Narend Singh wants assurances that the National Assembly will comply with the ConCourt's judgment.

"We are the lawmakers and we need to set an example at that level."

Democratic Alliance's(DA) Chief whip John Steenhuisen says Members of Parliament (MP) who are still in the process of overhauling Parliament's rule book must be guided by the court's findings.

"This judgment is going to force Parliament to relook the process, and to make sure that whatever we have done so far has captured the essence of executive accountability."

Parliament said yesterday that it respects the order of the court and will abide accordingly.

To read the full judgment by the ConCourt on Nkandla, _ click here._

To view EWN's feature on key moments from the Nkandla saga, click here.