Parliament adopts Nkandla report
Jenna Etheridge, News24
Cape Town - Parliament on Tuesday evening adopted the report by its ad hoc committee on Nkandla, which exonerated President Jacob Zuma from paying for non-security features.
The final votes came in at 198 in favour of the adoption and 93 against.
DA MP John Steenhuisen had asked for an amendment to the report and provided at least 20 changes but this was rejected by the majority of members.
The ad hoc committee had earlier in the month given its approval to Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s report on the Nkandla homestead, despite objections from its opposition members.
Nhleko found that Zuma did not owe a cent, which was in contrast to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s proposed remedial actions.
DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said in the National Assembly on Tuesday that the party would be forced to approach the Western Cape High Court later in the week.
This, after DA MP James Selfe said it was “irrational, unlawful and unconstitutional” for Zuma to “substitute” Madonsela’s report for another.
The EFF walked out of the National Assembly around 17:00, before votes were cast, because the Speaker did not want to acknowledge their points of order.