Scopa wants dept. to explain Nkandla upgrades

The Department of Public Works will be called in to explain the controversial Nkandla project.

The Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Public Works will be called in to explain the controversial Nkandla project, Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) chairperson Themba Godi revealed on Tuesday.

But there appears to be unhappiness within the oversight committee about how and when this issue will be discussed.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) asked for an investigation into the upgrade of President Jacob Zuma's private home, which reportedly cost nearly R250 million.

Godi said Scopa will engage with the department on the Nkandla debacle.

"We are engaging them on all the issues within the department and the issue around Nkandla will really be part of that process."

The department was expected to explain its finances after receiving a disclaimer audit opinion from the Auditor-General, which is one of the worst audit opinions possible.

But DA Parliamentarian Dion George wanted the Nkandla issue discussed as soon as possible.

It was not clear yet when Public Works will be summoned to appear before the public accounts committee.