South Africa 4.7.2014 09:23 am

Parliament’s rules say probe Nkandla again – Sisulu

FILE PICTURE: Max Sisulu attends the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) special meeting at the St George Hotel in Irene on Monday, 19 May 2014. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

FILE PICTURE: Max Sisulu attends the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) special meeting at the St George Hotel in Irene on Monday, 19 May 2014. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Parliament’s rules dictate that it must establish a new ad-hoc committee to investigate the Nkandla report, former speaker Max Sisulu said.

“This is what parliamentary rules prescribe and it is not dependent on individuals’ feelings,” he said in an interview published in the Beeld on Friday.

Sisulu said that when the fourth Parliament ended, it was said a committee would be formed in the next Parliament to investigate the public protector’s report on the R246 million spent on President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

The rules stated the new Parliament had to do it because the previous committee’s work was not complete, he said.

However, Sisulu said he could not dictate to his successor, Speaker Baleka Mbete.

The committee Sisulu established was disbanded shortly before the May 7 elections.

As speaker he simply followed Parliament’s rules by establishing the committee — the question was never over whether it should be established or not, he said.

He has resigned from Parliament.

Asked whether the committee led to him not being re-elected speaker he said he had had his time.

– Sapa

 

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