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Cape Town - The DA and ANC disagreed on Wednesday about whether Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's provisional report on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead should be submitted to Parliament.
“Both the president and the Public Protector are appointed by, and are accountable to Parliament in terms of the Constitution,” ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani's spokesman Moloto Mothapo said in a statement.
The Democratic Alliance was concerned that this could lead to the report being viewed only by a closed committee.
Madonsela's report would be submitted to concerned parties this week.
On October 23, Madonsela questioned the government's delay in changing the law determining to whom she should hand reports concerning the presidency.
At a Black Management Forum conference at the time, she said she had advised the government about the problem three years ago and asked it to change the law.
She said when it came to investigating members of the executive, the report was normally given to the president, but now it was tricky as the report was about him.
On Friday, Madonsela's spokesman Oupa Segalwe said Madonsela was awaiting feedback from the presidency after she asked about the law reform process to “clarify the competent authority to receive the report”.
Mothapo said there were sufficient oversight mechanisms available to the Public Protector to deal with any eventuality in her scope of operation.
“In an event that the Public Protector may not issue findings of an investigation to the president due to lack of clarity in the act governing the conduct of the executive, Parliament should be the competent oversight authority to deal with such a report.
DA Parliamentary speaker Lindiwe Mazibuko said in a statement that her party called for the report to be presented to the National Assembly.
“It will be completely unacceptable for this report to come to Parliament to be buried behind a ‘closed’ committee, as has been done with the public works task team report into the same matter.”
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi classified the task team's report, under a 1996 Cabinet directive. The report is being studied by the parliamentary joint standing committee on intelligence.
He has said the committee needed to decide whether to release the report to the public.
Earlier this month, the Western Cape High Court ruled that a DA application for the report on the upgrade was urgent and would be heard in February.
Mazibuko said that Madonsela indicated she would hand over the provisional report to Mazibuko, as the complainant, for feedback before the report was finalised.
“One of the recommendations I will make to her office is that this report be made public, and then submitted to Parliament to be handled by an open committee...”