Parliament is failing South Africans by not investigating Nkandla

2014-07-22
Dr Corné Mulder

The fifth Parliament of South Africa has failed the country’s citizens by not investigating the Public Protector’s (PP) report on Nkandla, Dr. Corné Mulder, the chief whip of the Freedom Front Plus says.

Dr. Mulder said today during the budget debate of Parliament that this institution does not belong to the governing party and that important decisions in Parliament should not be taken from Luthuli House.

“What we are seeing in Parliament is government by Luthuli House and the government of South Africa is too important to be controlled in this manner, Dr. Mulder said.

Dr. Mulder said Nkandla is a good example of how important decisions which have to be taken in Parliament are being controlled from Luthuli House.

“When the first reports on Nkandla appeared, the amount involved was R26 million. This later increased to R65 million and Parliament did nothing about it.

“The PP released her report on Nkandla four months ago. At that stage the amount had ballooned to R246 million. The fourth Parliament appointed an ad-hoc committee to deal with the report, but the investigation was scuppered by Luthuli House.

“Now we are in the fifth Parliament and the best thing that Parliament could have done to restore the public’s faith in Parliament would have been to once again appoint a committee as quickly as possible to investigate Nkandla. This did not happen.

“How can the public take Parliament seriously if it does not show that it is serious about Nkandla? A golden opportunity was lost today to correct this issue,” Dr. Mulder said.

 

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