Mbete doesn’t believe parly ow

Mbete doesn’t believe parly owes Madonsela an apology over Nkandla

Speaker of the National Assembly and national chairperson of the ANC, Baleka Mbete, doesn’t seem to understand last week’s Constitutional Court ruling all that well. Or, like Thandi Modise she just didn’t bother reading it.

Mbete doesn’t believe parly ow

So, despite the ConCourt being as clear as it could be and directly implicating the National Assembly as guilty of contravening the constitution; speaker Baleka Mbete yesterday said that parliament had no reason to apologise to the Public Protector for going against her Nkandla Report and taking a big fat dump on the Constitution.

“I don’t know who owes the Public Protector an apology as far as Parliament is concerned… Our procedures are not being questioned by the judgment,” Mbete told reporters.

In case you missed it, the ConCourt last week handed down a judgement that Jacob Zuma AND the National assembly acted unconstitutionally in pushing Adv. Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report aside, saying that Zuma didn’t have to pay back any of the money.

Mbete must not actually have read the judgement handed down by the highest legal authority in the country; as the report clearly stated that: “The resolution by the National Assembly absolving the president from compliance with the Public Protector’s remedial action is inconsistent with the Constitution, is invalid, and set aside,” Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng read from his unanimous judgment.

“The president failed to uphold, defend, and respect the Constitution,” Mogoeng said.

Ring a bell, Ms. Mbete?

The ConCourt clearly ruled that the National Assembly had flouted the Constitution when they chose to set aside Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report following her probe into security upgrades at Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

The National Assembly — under Baleka Mbete’s leadership and ANC majority control — established an ad hoc committee that produced two reports, both of which exonerated Zuma and clearly stated that he did not have to pay back any of the money.

Yesterday Mbete told the media that “There is no ConCourt [judgment] that said we violated [the Constitution]. Some things were inconsistent…”

“There is a difference between saying a particular action was inconsistent with the Constitution… It’s different to saying you went out knowingly and violated the Constitution,” she said.

“I don’t think Parliament or the National Assembly is in a position where our understanding is that we have done something maliciously for which we have to apologise.”