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Scopa may probe Nkandlagate

A decision on whether Parliament will probe the Nkandla scandal will be made on Wednesday.

The upgraded Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, which allegedly cost more than R200 million to upgrade. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - The Chairperson of Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) said on Monday it will only decide on Wednesday whether the body will probe the Nkandla scandal.

Nkandla has been in the headlines after it emerged taxpayers will end up footing a large portion of the bill, thought to be around R230 million, for the revamp of President Jacob Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has asked Scopa to look into the matter.

DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko submitted questions to the Presidency, the Defence Ministry and Police Department in the hope the matter will be debated.

Mazibuko said government cannot continue to evade the issue.

It is believed tax payers will be footing most of the ballooning bill for the refurbishment.

Scopa chair Themba Godi said: "We will certainly meet on Wednesday. I am sure we will definitely take a position or a decision. The matter was brought to my attention by the parliamentary leader of the DA. "

On Sunday, the City Press newspaper revealed that yet more money has been transferred to pay for the upgrade of Zuma's compound.

The paper reported that the Department of Public Works also approved payments of millions of rand to contractors last week.

The newspaper said it was in possession of internal documents which showed that 31 new buildings were constructed, with one contractor charging the government R8 million per building.

The City Press's Adriaan Basson said the documents contain interesting details.