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MPs 'prevented' from debating Nkandla

MPs were reportedly prevented from debating the upgrade of President Jacob Zuma’s home.

The Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - While the Nkandla cost debacle has been raised in three separate Parliamentary portfolio committee meetings over the past two days, committee chairs seem reluctant to have the matter debated.

Nkandla has been in the headlines after it emerged taxpayers will end up footing a large portion of the R200 million bill for the revamp of President Jacob Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

The Nkandla debacle was raised in meeting of the transport and public works portfolio committees on Wednesday.

A Democratic Alliance (DA) member of the transport portfolio claims he was prevented from asking about new roads being built around Zuma's stead.

The chairperson apparently would not allow politically motivated questions on the issue.

At a briefing by the auditor-general to the public works committee, a heated exchange erupted between a DA member and ANC colleagues when a so-called 'Nkandlagate' issue came up.

Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin told MPs there could very well be problems.

Meanwhile, the issue also reared its head in agriculture, forestry and fisheries portfolio committee on Tuesday.

Last month, Zuma told a Cabinet meeting that he was not embarrassed about improvements in Nkandla.

He said he is committed to rural development and other areas will get their chance.