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SOUTH AFRICA’S VERY DISHONOURABLE MPS – COPE

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On 23 June 2015, the National Assembly constituted an ad hoc committee to process Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s report on the excessive upgrades at the Nkandla residence of President Jacob Zuma. The ANC representatives on it were: CT Frolick, Ms DE Dlakude, MS Motshekga, F Beukman, Ms MS Kubayi, Ms BT Ngcobo, DD Gamede, Ms LM Maseko, Ms EM Coleman, VG Smith, Ms T Mahambehlala, and Ms CC September. The above are South Africa’s most dishonourable members of parliament. The manner in which they processed the report shows that they were bum suckers, not honourable members of parliament alive to their responsibilities to the nation.

COPE washed its hands off that committee right at the outset.

The ANC MPs pushed ahead regardless. They even had the gall to report that opposition parties had “made up their minds even before the committee could start with its bus mess”. Here were the ANC pots calling the kettle black. Most infamously the ANC MPs held that “The opposition has repeatedly claimed that the ad hoe process was Illegal and unconstitutional”. If only they had the good sense to recognise the truth and validity of that statement. They didn’t.

Furthermore, they went on to assert that “the minority Report of the opposition (did) not only undermine the thorough work that the committee had undertaken, (but that) it also undermine(d) the contribution they made during the process. Clearly their “thorough” work was not so thorough after all.

The above group of most dishonourable members of parliament arrogantly encouraged the EFF to take the matter to the Constitutional Court as they as ANC MPs were very “hopeful that contesting the matter in Court would do them (the EFF) good, as Courts make judgment on the basis of facts, evidence and cogent legal arguments, not sloganeering, rowdiness and stunts…” They expected the EFF to get smacked, little realising they were going to be thrown under the bus by the man they were protecting.

On Tuesday evening, 18 August 2015, 197 ANC MPs and Themba Godi infamously adopted the report of the third ad hoc committee on Nkandla in the hope of exonerating President Jacob Zuma from paying for non-security features.

COPE demands that the Speaker returns all three ad-hoc committee reports to parliament to reverse the decision taken by ANC MPs. They cannot retain the affirmatory status accorded to them by parliament. They must be declared null and void. COPE will insist on this.

South Africans should never forget what the dishonourable ANC MPs had to say. They listened to nobody and nothing. Now, they have been thrown under the bus. COPE will make them eat their words and heap scorn on all 198 ANC MPs who lent their names to its adoption.

Issue by Dennis Bloem, Spokesperson

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