Congress of the People believes that the President, in answering a supplementary question on Nkandla, misled parliament. That is our impression. COPE will request a copy of Hansard to study the President’s exact words in one of the answers. If we heard him correctly, he is defiantly maintaining that he acted on the Public Protector’s recommendation when he requested the Police Minister to make a cost determination. The Public Protector has roundly rejected this baseless assumption by the President.
If Hansard supports our contention that he deliberately misled Parliament, in that he continued knowingly to fabricate a rationale for his unacceptable action, he will have created a most grievous transaction. He will have to resign because that is the consequence of deliberately misleading parliament. If he fails to do so COPE will move to impeach him on grounds of having wilfully and deliberately misled parliament. COPE will carefully study Hansard and a live recording to decide on what action to follow.
Meanwhile, as there is no end to the merry go round in the Nkandla saga,, the ANC is very comfortable with allowing the cost to escalate in all directions.
With the EFF taking Zuma to court, the ANC will consequently seek to burden taxpayers with the cost of Zuma’s defence.
Cope will insist that President Zuma must use his own money to defend himself because the question of paying back a portion of the money for non security upgrades at Nkandla is not a state matter concerning the nation. The case is against Zuma in his personal capacity. The case will not be against the government. Nkandla is his private property. It can never be the taxpayers responsibility to pay for his defence. Cope will oppose the use of state money for Zuma’s defence. Not another cent of state money can be wasted on Nkandla. If left unchecked, the direct and indirect costs of Nkandla will see to a billion rand.
President Zuma must hang his head in shame for defying and rubbishing the Public Protector’s Report. We can only describe Zuma as a selfish politician who really cares nothing about the country or the suffering of its people. He is willing to destroy the country in order to reap massive benefits for himself.
Issued by Dennis Bloem on behalf of COPE