Zuma’s time up – united opposition
OPPOSITION parties were set to call for President Jacob Zuma’s removal from office during today’s parliamentary debate on the Nkandla ad hoc committee report, which cleared the head of state of any responsibility for the R215 million taxpayerfunded security upgrades.
In an unusual move indicating the impact of the Nkandla debacle on the broader body politic, seven of the 12 opposition parties at Parliament combined forces behind this call – and committed themselves to joint court action to challenge any rubber-stamping efforts to absolve the president of accountability.
“If we don’t do that, we’ll be allowing a situation where the country sinks deeper into a constitutional crisis,” explained United Democratic Movement chief whip Nqabayomzi Kwankwa.
“It can’t be right that President Jacob Zuma’s cows live in a kraal that (cost) actually 10 times more than the price of an RDP house, or maybe more. We don’t mind if he pays for it, but it is at our expense, the taxpayers’ expense,” he added in reference to the R1m Nkandla cattle kraal.
Yesterday, the seven opposition parties tabled their own alternative Nkandla report – the president “knew full well what was unfolding” and “unconstitutionally ignored” the public protector’s findings, it finds – ahead of trying to get it formally submitted in the House during today’s debate.
The official parliamentary Nkandla report was compiled by only ANC MPs without the opposition parties participation, after they walked out.