DA turns to Sisulu over Nkandla

The opposition party says there are glaring deficiencies in the committee’s report on Nkandla.

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday approached National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu to step in over the intelligence committee's report on Nkandla.

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko says there are glaring deficiencies in the document.

Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence met behind closed doors to consider a government task team's report on spending at President Jacob Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

Over R200 million was spent on upgrades in Nkandla.

Last week, the committee released its report.

But the task team's report remains under wraps and is classified top secret.

Mazibuko says the committee's report has a number of deficiencies.

"It's not our job to protect the government. Our job is to oversee the government and to hold it accountable for its outcomes."

She wants Sisulu to take a closer look at the document before it comes before the National Assembly.

"We can't accept a report that is devoid of any proper [information] of what happened in Nkandla."

But with Parliament in recess, it is not likely any action will be taken before the New Year.

At the same time, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is expected to announce her next step regarding her Nkandla report on Wednesday.

Last week, the state's security cluster went to court in a bid to prevent Madonsela from releasing her report.

It said it wanted more time to examine the content of the document.

Officials withdrew their application and agreed to pay Madonsela's legal costs.