Parliament’s presiding officers on Sunday took a narrow view of the seminal Constitutional Court judgment in the Nkandla matter, which three days earlier found the National Assembly, along with President Zuma, had acted inconsistently with the Constitution by adopting its own resolution replacing the public protector’s remedial action. Welcoming the judgment as having given “legal certainty”, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairwoman Thandi Modise nevertheless repeatedly emphasised that at no stage did the Constitutional Court say the national legislature was not entitled to determine its own processes. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
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