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11 Apr 2014
7:00 am

ANC MPs won’t rock the boat


While it is good news that an ad hoc committee of Parliament is to consider President Jacob Zuma's response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla findings, let's not get too excited.

DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko described Speaker Max Sisulu’s decision to establish the committee as a bold move and “a victory for Parliament, the Constitution and accountability”.

Really? It is just as likely to be another instance where the ANC goes through the motions of democratic accountability. We have seen the pattern with the arms deal, Guptagate and e-tolls. The ad hoc committee will consist of 12 MPs, seven from the ANC, two from the DA, one each from COPE and the IFP, and one other from a minority party.

So, as usual, there is a built-in ANC majority. ANC MPs are not free thinkers. They will toe the party line. If the word from Luthuli House is that MPs must go easy on Zuma, they will do so because failure to comply would result in them losing their almost R1 million-a-year jobs.

In every instance where ANC MPs have not toed the party line they have been called to account in some way. There is no reason to expect a different outcome when the committee completes its report before April 30. Indeed it is likely we shall see Zuma exonerated in time for the May 7 elections.

The DA’s Mazibuko believes the establishment of the committee is the first step in impeachment proceedings against Zuma.

That would be wonderful, but this ANC is not going to impeach Zuma. However, this is a good opportunity for opposition MPs to expose more lies about the attempt to cover-up the massive misuse of public funds on Zuma’s private homestead.

In that sense it is welcome.