DA wants Nkandla out in open
The DA's application for a court order that would compel the government to hand over a report on the upgrading of President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla homestead is "opportunistic and attention-seeking", ANC chief whip Stone Sizani said yesterday.
"We have become accustomed to the DA's tendency to undermine the constitutional functions of parliament by constantly calling on the judiciary to interfere in matters before the institution," Sizani said.
DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko yesterday asked the Cape Town High Court for an order that would overrule Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi's decision to classify the report on the upgrading as secret .
The report is being considered by parliament's joint standing committee on intelligence.
"We are confident that the parliamentary committee's work on this report will not be distracted by the DA's shenanigans," Sizani said.
Said Mazibuko: "When the DA submitted a Promotion of Access to Information Act application to obtain this report, in an effort to make it public, Nxesi's department gave no reply to our application."
She said that Nxesi rejected the application on the grounds that the report was being considered by the joint standing committee on intelligence, which meets behind closed doors.
"We have long held that the classification of the report is invalid and is yet another attempt to shield Zuma from public accountability," Mazibuko said.
Mazibuko wants the "Nkandlagate" report handed over within five days of a court order.
"Alternatively, [it is hoped] that the court orders that the parts of the report pertaining to state security be severed and the report then be made public," Mazibuko said.