The Speaker of the National Assembly, Max Sisulu, referred the DA’s motion for debate on the R206 million upgrade of President Zuma’s Nkandla home back to the Chief Whip’s Forum at today’s National Assembly Programming Committee, as no agreement could be reached.
“We have been allocated the space in the parliamentary schedule to have a DA motion debated, and it cannot be up to the ANC to decide on our behalf what to debate,” said Lindiwe Masibuko, the leader of Democratic Alliance in parliament.
“If my motion continues to be blocked in an on-going effort to protect President Zuma from being held to account, then the Speaker must reconsider the decision not to allow a debate of public importance on ‘Nkandlagate’ in terms the Rules of the National Assembly”.
The DA request for this debate of public importance was rejected on the basis that they could table an ordinary notice of motion for debate. Since this has been prevented, there is no reason why such a debate in parliament cannot now be granted.
“It is clear that the ANC is prepared to go to any lengths to prevent Members of Parliament from doing the job they were elected to do.
They are running scared because they know that spending R206 million on one man cannot be defended in Parliament.” added Mazibuko.