Zuma Is Flouting the Law and Parliamentary Rules, Says Lekota

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Zuma Is Flouting the Law and Parliamentary Rules, Says Lekota


BYLINE: Piet Rampedi

JOHANNESBURG: Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota says President Jacob Zuma's stance on Nkandla is an indication that he's trying to hang on to undue public funds "by hook or by crook".

Accusing Zuma of avoiding responsibility, Lekota likened the president to a person who admits to receiving stolen goods by mistake while also insisting on keeping them.

In an interview in Joburg yesterday, Lekota said Zuma had failed to summon Parliament to table his responses to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report before the MPs.

This came as Zuma sent his written submissions to Parliamentary Speaker Max Sisulu, in which he said he would only respond to the Nkandla report upon receipt of the Special Investigating Unit's (SIU) report into the same project.

Lekota said Zuma's statement at the weekend that he would not repay public funds for the non-security upgrades at his private home was the "height of irresponsibility" for someone who had taken an oath of office.

"To now say this money came to me by mistake, but I am going to keep it, that now goes beyond 'I did not know'.

"It suggests that there is an intention by hook or by crook to keep public funds," he said.

"You can't have somebody coming here and buying you a helicopter with public funds when you are the head of the executive, and then say, 'no, I am glad to have this helicopter, but I did not ask for it.' "

He also accused Zuma of flouting the law and parliamentary rules by failing to recall Parliament to consider his Nkandla responses and decide on the next course of action. …

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