DA’s federal executive chairperson James Selfe yesterday told The Citizen Rule 214 on the establishment of the ad hoc committee simplified the process of establishing it, because the rule made a provision for – among other things – the Speaker to appoint the committee when Parliament was not in session.
The Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, was soon expected to respond to the DA’s call to re-establish the committee, he said.
“I hope to get a response from the Speaker before the end of this week,” said Selfe. “And I think the re-establishment of the committee will be simple.”
Former Speaker of Parliament Max Sisulu set up the committee in April to consider President Jacob Zuma’s submissions in response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on the controversial R246 million security upgrades at his private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.
The committee was dissolved shortly before the May 7 elections after the ANC won a majority vote for the matter to be referred to the fifth Parliament. The ruling party cited a lack of time for the committee to carry out the task bestowed on it before the polls.
The DA and Economic Freedom Fighters are the only opposition parties that had made notable calls for the committee to be re-established in the post-election period.
Rule 214 on ad hoc committee formation also stipulates that the Speaker of Parliament can esta-blish the committee after consulting with the chief whip of the
majority party and the most senior whip of each of the other parties represented in the National Assembly.
The Citizen understands other opposition parties are worried the ANC might use its majority representation in Parliament to dissuade the re-establishment of the committee in an attempt to shield Zuma.
Moloto Mothapo, spokesperson for ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani, said the ruling party had never blocked the formation of the committee in the first place, adding it would never thwart its re-establishment.