The DA welcomes the Public Protector, A Thuli Madonsela’s public statement that she is available to appear before the ad hoc committee, established to consider her Nkandla report.
We made this very argument yesterday when the committee met for the first time. It is perfectly appropriate for the Public Protector, who authored the report which has been referred to the committee, to present on her findings. This is especially the case given the President’s response letter on the matter.
President Zuma should now lead by the example she has set, and publically avail himself to do the same – instead of mocking the report and its findings at political rallies.
It is in fact deplorable that a President of the Republic has resorted to such petty tactics, to the extent that he is reported to have wanted further proof from a chapter nine institution that he unduly benefited from the Nkandla upgrade.
It continues to be a great insult to democratic accountability and to the Constitution that more than a month after the release of the Nkandla Report, President Zuma has yet to apologise to the nation for this wrong doing repay the money he owes the taxpayer and act immediately on all other recommendations.
It is the arrogance of the ANC which he now leads – which puts him first, and the people second.
If he were serious about his oath of office and protecting the Constitution, the President would announce without any further delay that he will come before the ad hoc committee and explain himself to the people’s representatives.
We challenge him to do this and to muster up the courage to stop dodging accountability for his role in this scandal. South Africans deserve nothing less.
Lindiwe Mazibuko, Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance
Source : Democratic Alliance