Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma told supporters at an
ANC election rally in Mpumalanga on Thursday that he had not wrongfully
benefited from the upgrade to his Nkandla home.
Zuma rejected Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's finding
that he had benefited from the project, reminding supporters that he was
cleared in an earlier inter-ministerial report.
"Nkandla has its own processes," he said.
"She said there was 'undue benefit'... I’m still
looking for it."
Meanwhile, a special 12-member committee created by
Parliament to consider the president's response to Madonsela's findings on the Nkandla
upgrade sat for the first time on Thursday, two weeks after its formation was
Opposition parties argued that Zuma and Madonsela should
appear before the ad hoc committee.
"I don't see why anybody would not want to come and
respond to the allegations against them," Democratic Alliance
parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said.
"We hope people will be willing to accept an
invitation, but this committee has the legal power to subpoena anybody,"
The committee is chaired by National Assembly house chairperson
Cedric Frolick and is due to finish its work by 30 April.
It will only reconvene on Monday, making an exhaustive
inquiry into Madonsela's findings regarding the R246m spent on improvements at
the president's private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal unlikely.
Madonsela found that Zuma had unduly benefited from the
project funded by the public purse and should repay money used to build, among
other things, a kraal, chicken run, swimming pool and amphitheatre.