Nkandla: MPs to inspect upgrades at Zuma’s home

2015-06-23 14:56

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A group of MPs plan to conduct a visit to President Jacob Zuma’s private homestead in Nkandla next month. 

Members of the newly constituted ad hoc committee, which was set up to scrutinise Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s controversial report on Nkandla, agreed that the visit would be conducted on July 22. This formed part of a draft programme for the first week of work prepared by chairperson Cedric Frolick. 

Committee members, who included representatives of most parties except the EFF, also agreed that the programme would kick off with Nhleko presenting his report, which cleared Zuma of any liability to pay back some of the money for R246 million worth of upgrades to his private home. 

In his report, Nhleko determined that all the upgrades at the home were security related. This contradicted Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s finding that the fire pool, visitors centre, amphitheatre, chicken run and cattle kraal were not related to the homestead’s security and that an amount that Zuma should pay back should be determined in conjunction with the treasury. 

Frolick said that at the end of the first week – July 24 – the work would be evaluated “and then we can work out what needs to be done further”. 

This was amid concerns by opposition MPs, who have motivated that the Public Protector and possibly other people be called to testify before the committee. 

They stressed again today that they had “substantive” problems with Nhleko’s report. The DA submitted a 17-page report outlining their concerns. 

Most opposition parties walked out of the previous ad hoc committee on Nkandla, describing it as a whitewash. 

This is the third ad hoc committee that has been convened to deal with matters relating to expenditure at Zuma’s homestead, and the first time that MPs from these committees will conduct an oversight visit.

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