‘DA using Nkandla for politicking’

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Buti Manamela INLSA Young Communist League leader and ANC MP Buti Manamela. File photo: Motshwari Mofokeng

Durban - Young Communist League (YCL) leader, Buti Manamela, on Thursday slammed the DA, saying it wanted to use the Nkandla ad hoc committee for politicking for Wednesday’s elections.

The committee was set up to consider President Jacob Zuma’s response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s investigation into the multi-million rand upgrades at his private home in Nkandla.

However, the parliamentary committee was effectively shut down this week when its work was referred to the next parliament to be constituted after the elections.

This followed a motion by the seven ANC members of the committee who felt there was not enough time for it to do its work because the term of the current parliament comes to an end on Tuesday.

“We are not going to be dragged to some ad hoc committee meant for politicking and saving the political career of (DA parliamentary leader) Lindiwe Mazibuko,” Manamela told a May Day Rally at Curries Fountain in Durban.

The DA said this week it was still considering legal opinion on the matter.

Manamela, who was a member of the ad-hoc committee, however said the ANC was concerned about any corruption that might have occurred in the course of the upgrades to Zuma’s home.

All those who benefited unduly from the upgrades, including those who inflated prices, should face the consequences, he said.

The YCL leader criticised the opposition saying they were using the Nkandla issue to score political points. “Some of the opposition political parties, especially the DA, have no manifesto, which is why all that say and talk about is Nkandla.”

Urging Cosatu members who filled the stadium to vote for the ANC, Manamela took a swipe at other parties saying they only represented the interests of their leaders.

“Do not listen to omafikizolo (Johnny-come-lately). Look at Amcu (the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union) – it is there to represent the pockets of its president… The EFF is using the legitimate struggles of our people to advance the personal interests of Julius Malema.”

He said Malema’s EFF wanted to bankrupt the national government, “like they did with Limpopo”.

Also addressing the rally, ANC national executive member Enoch Godongwana said having too many parties on the ballot created “confusion”.

“There are only two parties (that matter) on the ballot. There is the DA, which represents the interests of whites, and the ANC, which represents the interests of mainly blacks,” he said. “The rest are just confusion, they are there to confuse us.”

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