POOR SHOWING ALL ROUND
THE sight of opposition MP s w alking out of P arliament as the ANC st onewalls them is bec oming old. Led b y the D A’s Mmusi M aimane, the opposition walked out of P arliament’s c ommittee on the Nkandla c ontroversy aft er ANC MP s refused t o call President J acob Zuma as a witnes s and t o enf orce the public protector’s f indings ag ainst him y esterday.
The D A, EFF and A CDP pleaded in v ain with the ANC to seek le gal opinion on Zuma’ s vie w that he is not bound b y Thuli M adonsela’s repor t and rec ommendations on up grades at his Nk andla home. Lat er the y announced their withdra wal from the c ommittee. But w hat did the y e xpect? That the r uling par ty w ould simpl y roll over and hand Zuma o ver on a plat ter? That w ould be naïve, but their actions so f ar sug gest e xactly that. This was a poor sho wing from a group man y in the c ountry were looking t o t o hold the recalcitrant Zuma t o account. Of c ourse, the ANC should c onsider it s o wn par t in the mat ter and w hat it s refusal t o ha ve M adonsela’s recommendations enf orced means f or the rec ognition of Chapter 9 institutions, institutions that w ere creat ed ostensibly t o suppor t our democrac y. Ex cept, it appears, when such institutions pro ve inc onvenient t o the ANC’ s blind def ence of Zuma.