Denise Williams
2 minute read
31 Mar 2016
5:45 pm

Oppositions ‘delighted’ over Nkandla ruling

Denise Williams

“The Chief Justice has given us cause for hope… for that we are grateful.”

A view of President Jacob Zuma's homestead Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: AFP.

Opposition political parties in parliament were united in their “delight” over the vindication of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and the finding that President Jacob Zuma had acted illegally.

Leader of the African Christian Democratic Party and MP Kenneth said the party was pleased that the public protector’s powers had been secured in the judgment.

“In a democracy there are few things as important as the rule of law, and we believe that this judgment has brought relief and a sense of security to all South Africans who believe in the rule of law,” Meshoe said.

He said Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko also did not deserve to be in his position as he lied not only to the public but also to parliament.

Nhleko has insisted that all the money spent was vital for the security of the statesman.

“ANC Members of Parliament who voted in defence of the President and rubbished the Public Protector’s report in Parliament must be ashamed of themselves,” Meshoe said.

Inkatha Freedom Party chief Whip Narend Singh said the only rational response from the ANC would be to ask Zuma to step down.

“The Chief Justice has given us cause for hope… for that we are grateful.”

He echoed his political counterpart saying that the IFP had always questioned Nhleko’s impartiality.

“He [Zuma] was duty-bound to comply with the binding remedial action recommended by the Public Protector’s Report [which included that action against ministers involved], but consistently failed to do so,” said Singh.

United Democratic Movement president Bantu Holomisa lashed out at ANC MPs and parliament as an institution.

Zuma was supported by a large team of ANC marshals occupying seats in the National Assembly whilst directly taking instructions from Luthuli House as voting cattle, he said.

“Mr Zuma has broken his oath of office and the National Assembly has failed to discharge its constitutional responsibility and hold him to account,” said Holomisa.

Congress of the People MP Dennis Bloem said Madonsela would forever live in the party’s heart as the “David who tackled Goliath with unflinching courage and steely determination”.

He said it had been emphasised that Madonsela’s report was a high priority matter that should have triggered into operation proper scrutiny of the report by the national assembly.

The Constitutional Court found that the assembly had breached its constitutional obligations in this regard.

“As for ANC MPs who supported the vote to whitewash the Nkandla scandal, it is important that they tender their resignation. They failed the nation in a most serious manner,” Bloem said.