/ 13 March 2013

Nkandla report to be tabled in Parliament

Nkandla Report To Be Tabled In Parliament

National Assembly speaker Max Sisulu made this announcement at the start of proceedings in the House on Wednesday. 

He told members of Parliament he had received a letter in this regard from Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi. "The minister has requested that as the residence has been declared a national key point, the report be considered with utmost sensitivity.

"He has also requested that the report, when tabled, be referred to an appropriate parliamentary mechanism [committee]."

Sisulu said the matter was receiving urgent attention.

The announcement was welcomed by Democratic Alliance MP Anchen Dreyer, who said it followed the DA's repeated calls for the full report to be tabled, scrutinised and debated in Parliament. She said, however, this was not the end of the road and the DA would push for Nxesi to table the full, unexpurgated report, with no omissions or deletions.

When the report comes before the relevant parliamentary committee, that committee had to be open and members of the public able to attend, Dreyer said. 

Action would be taken
Nxesi should also undertake that action would be taken against all those implicated in any wrongdoing.

"So long as the spending of R206-million on … private residence in Nkandla is concealed under the dark cloud of secrecy, Nkandla will forever remain a symbol of government corruption under the presidency of Mr Jacob Zuma," Dreyer said.

The task team was appointed in November last year after the costs of Zuma's residential complex caused an outcry.

The matter was also raised in Parliament.

In January, Nxesi said government spent R206-million on security upgrades and consultants for Nkandla. The task team investigating the spending had found, among other things, irregularities in the appointment of the 15 service providers and consultants who worked on the project, he said. – Sapa