NDZ cam­paign strug­gles to get rolling at par­lia­ment

Sunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By THABO MOKONE and JAN-JAN JOUBERT

ANC pres­i­den­tial con­tender Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has pledged to clamp down on cor­rup­tion as part of her cam­paign.

But in her first week as an ANC MP, par­lia­men­tary se­cu­rity of­fi­cers in­stead clamped down on her for il­le­gal park­ing within the na­tional leg­is­la­ture com­plex in Cape Town.

Par­lia­men­tary sources have re­vealed that se­cu­rity of­fi­cers put the clamps on DlaminiZuma’s Ger­man sedan on Wed­nes­day which was il­le­gally parked close to the Poorthuis en­trance to the na­tional leg­is­la­ture.

Sources said mem­bers of her se­cu­rity de­tail claimed that the for­mer min­is­ter of health, for­eign af­fairs and home af­fairs was yet to be al­lo­cated of­fi­cial base­ment park­ing in par­lia­ment.

Dlamini-Zuma en­tered the par­lia­men­tary build­ing be­fore the en­counter be­tween her body­guards and par­lia­men­tary se­cu­rity of­fi­cers, so she did not wit­ness the in­ci­dent.

“I just saw a car and clamped it. It was a white BMW, I can’t even re­mem­ber the model,” said one of the of­fi­cials who han­dled the mat­ter. “They had closed off the busy area of Poorthuis. Her three body­guards claimed that she has not yet been al­lo­cated park­ing.” An­other MP, who did not want to be named and also had his car clamped, said: “When I went to have it re­leased at the par­lia­men­tary se­cu­rity of­fice they told me it was the sec­ond car they had clamped that day. “The first had been Mrs Dlamini-Zuma’s car, how­ever, they did not know it was hers. They had got into trou­ble with VIP se­cu­rity be­cause it was her car and they had to im­me­di­ately find the guy with the key to the clamp so that she could be on her way.”

How­ever, Dlamini-Zuma’s of­fice has de­nied the wheel-clamp­ing in­ci­dent.

Her me­dia desk, Mandown Me­dia, said: “We can con­firm that Dr Dlamini-Zuma’s ve­hi­cle was not clamped for il­le­gal park­ing. No fine was paid be­cause no il­le­gal park­ing took place and the car was not clamped.”

A R500 re­lease fee is re­quired be­fore clamps are re­moved.

Par­lia­ment had not re­sponded to re­quests for com­ment at the time of go­ing to press.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

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