DA submits PAIA application to access ‘Nkandlagate’ Report
I will today submit an application, in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), to gain access to the now secret ‘Nkandlagate’ Report.
I can also announce that a formal request has been made to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works, Ms Manana Mabuza, by DA Shadow Minister of Public Works, Anchen Dreyer, for the report to be tabled and discussed in the committee.
It is a slap in the face of accountability and transparency for the report, which makes a number of unsubstantiated assertions, to remain secret. This casts yet another shadow over this shameful saga and makes it clear that the Minister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi, is engaged in a concerted campaign to protect President Zuma from accountability at all costs.
President Zuma must do the right thing and intervene to ensure that his government tables the report in Parliament for proper scrutiny and debate.
If he fails to do so, having gained access to the document through a PAIA application, I will table the report myself as I am empowered to do as a member of the National Assembly.
South Africa wants answers and the DA will not stop fighting until we get them.
Statement issued by Lindiwe Mazibuko MP, DA Parliamentary Leader, January 29 2013