Publication: Cape Times Issued: Date: 2004-06-03 Reporter: Angela Quintal

Committee to Decide if Zuma was Prejudiced by Ngcuka



Cape Times

Date 2004-06-03


Angela Quintal

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MPs will today establish a 17-member multiparty committee to process, within three weeks, Public Protector Lawrence Mushwana's report which found that the National Prosecuting Authority and its head Bulelani Ngcuka had violated Deputy President Jacob Zuma's constitutional rights.

The committee has until June 25 to report back to the House, although it can request an extension.

It will comprise 10 ANC MPs, two from the DA and one each from the IFP, UDM, ID, NNP and the PAC.

The ANC's political committee, chaired by Zuma, met in parliament yesterday, but it was not immediately clear which ANC MP would chair the special ad hoc committee.

The committee discussed the report, but it could not be immediately established whether Zuma had rescued himself or was present for the discussion.

The ANC said the chairperson would only be elected after the names of the committee members were forwarded to the Speaker and the committee was constituted.

According to a draft resolution, the committee will consider the report "on an investigation by the public protector of a complaint by Deputy President Jacob Zuma against the National Director of Public Prosecutions and the National Prosecuting Authority in connection with a criminal investigation against him".

Mushwana has recommended that parliament hold the NPA and Ngcuka accountable for acting "in an unfair and improper manner" towards Zuma, who was the subject of a corruption investigation by the Scorpions.

A statement issued by Ngcuka last year stating there was a prima facie case of corruption against Zuma, but that prospects of a successful prosecution were slim, was founded by Mushwana to have " improperly prejudiced" the deputy president.

With acknowledgements to Angela Quintal and the Cape Times.