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Parly’s ethics watchdog asked to probe Mbete over Nkandla

The complaint relates to the role the MPs & speaker played in handling the Nkandla spending debacle.

FILE: A screen grab of parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete watching on during the 2016 State of the Nation debate on 16 February 2016. Picture: YouTube.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has laid a complaint with Parliament's ethics watchdog against National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPs) for their role in mishandling the Nkandla spending debacle.

The Constitutional Court last week declared unlawful and set aside a resolution adopted by the National Assembly which effectively cleared President Jacob Zuma of any liability for the public funds splurged on his private home.

The court also found the National Assembly breached its duty to hold the executive to account.

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

DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen says the speaker and ANC MPs violated their oaths of office when they supported the resolution on Nkandla last year.

"Members of Parliament, in terms of Section 4.1 of the ethics code, are required to abide by the oath of office they took to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the Republic of South Africa. It is very clear that they did not do so. That has now been confirmed by the Constitutional Court."

WATCH: Maimane: Nkandla is a big deal

Steenhuisen says the party is also taking legal advice on whether any action is possible against MPs who voted against Tuesday's motion to unseat the president.

He says they're also pushing for Zuma to meet his duty, to come and answer MPs' questions in the House before it rises at the end of May ahead of the local government elections.

LISTEN: Maimane confident despite failed Zuma impeachment vote

To read the full statement by the ANC on the judgment, click here.

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.

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