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‘Parliament doesn't owe Madonsela an apology’

Baleka Mbete says Parliament will learn from the ConCourt judgment but sees no need for any apology.

FILE: Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete says Parliament does not owe the Public Protector any apology following the Constitutional Court's watershed ruling on its handling of the Nkandla spending debacle.

She briefed journalists at Parliament earlier today, along with National Council of Provinces Chairperson (NCOP) Thandi Modise and Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana.

Mbete has welcomed the court's judgment handed down last Thursday, saying it gives clarity on how the Public Protector's reports should be handled in future.

The court found that the National Assembly failed in its constitutional duty to hold the executive to account because it adopted a resolution exonerating the president.

WATCH: Madonsela: ConCourt judgment a victory for SA

The court said the National Assembly should have first approached a court to have Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings set aside if it had problems with them.

Mbete has welcomed the judgment and says Parliament will learn from it.

"The National Assembly and broadly, Parliament, respects the judgment."

But Mbete saw no need for any apology to Madonsela.

"Now I don't know who owes the Public Protector an apology and about what, because as far as Parliament is concerned the situation is as it has been explained."

She says Parliament's procedures were not questioned by the judgment.

"We now have better clarity, it will illuminate the things we do and it will help us."

Mbete added that, "With the benefit of this judgment, certain matters could have been handled differently. We will use this judgment to guide the relevant processes in future."

She's insisting the National Assembly only acted inconsistently with the Constitution and did not violate it.

WATCH: ConCourt's Nkandla ruling: What will Parliament do?

The National Assembly Speaker says she'll be meeting with political parties to further discuss the judgment.

'NOT RESIGNING'

Neither of Parliament's presiding officers believe they should step down in the wake of the judgment.

Modise took part in the briefing, although the Nkandla matter was dealt with exclusively by the National Assembly and which was found by the court to have flouted the Constitution.

A journalist asked, "Does the Speaker of the National Assembly and the chairperson of the NCOP consider resigning?"

Modise replied, "The Speaker will speak for herself, I certainly will not consider resigning."

Mbete also gave her response, "May I also publicly say that I am not, nor do I believe there will be a reason shortly to decide to resign. So I am not considering resigning."

WATCH: President Zuma: I respect the ConCourt's Nkandla judgment

MISSED OPPORTUNITY

The Democratic Alliance(DA) says Mbete missed a prime opportunity to apologise to the nation and to step down as Speaker of the National Assembly.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said, "What we would rather have seen is the Speaker admitting that she had presided over a process that had essentially undermined the Constitution, accepting the fact that the Constitutional Court had left Parliament's reputation in tatters and accepting the fact that new leadership is needed in Parliament to restore its integrity as an institution of oversight over the executive."

Meanwhile, parties are set to debate the DA's impeachment motion against President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday.

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