The DLF notes with a deep sense of frustration the constant evasive behavior of President Zuma in terms of the Nkandla scandal. Clearly, the ANC has used its majority in parliament to defend the president’s efforts to avoid accountability. We are appalled by the response of Gwede Mantashe, the SG of the ANC, who has called for the police to invade parliament to arrest EFF MPs who called on Zuma to ‘pay back the money’. It is this kind of authoritarianism, now echoed by other ANC leaders, that threatens democracy. All that Parliament and the general public want are urgent answers from the president to the 'Secure in Comfort' report from the office the Public Protector
We recognise the right of parliamentarians to hold the president to account on this and other matters. We view the protest action led by the EFF as legitimate and call on all democrats to stand by them. We cannot allow any of our elected officials to be muzzled by a parliamentary majority.
Parliament must become an institution that allows the concerns of all of our citizens to be aired. It cannot and should not be used by one party to evade accountability and transparency, and thus undermine the integrity of the institution.
We call on the trade union movement and wider civil society to defend democracy and to oppose any attempt by the ruling party to use force to intimidate parliamentarians. We must stand by those parliamentarians, such as the EFF, who demand accountability and transparency.
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Trevor Ngwane National Secretary of the DLF
Issued by Rehad Desai, Press Secretary of the DLF on behalf of the National Committee.