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Nkandla report: Opposition parties want answers

Opposition parties say the government is delaying dealing with the Nkandla report.

Opposition parties have accused government of using delaying tactics to avoid dealing with the Nkandla report.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition parties have accused the government of trying to stall Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report from being dealt with in parliament.

The ministers of police, defence and state security - the so-called security cluster - have asked Thuli Madonsela to clear up what they say are confusing aspects of her Nkandla report.

Madonsela found President Jacob Zuma "improperly benefited" from measures implemented "in the name of security".

In a statement today the cluster said the next step is for the public protector to respond and that this will let them make a more informed decision on the way forward.

But opposition parties say it's up to parliament to deal with the report as soon as possible.

The ministers' request for clarity from Madonsela is just another tactic, says United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa.

"It's part of a stalling exercise, delay, delay, delay so that they go to the elections without telling the public what is actually taking place at Nkandla. We should not be surprised."

The Freedom Front Plus's Dr Corne Mulder agrees.

"I would say that this is a further delaying tactic from the executives.

"No action whatsoever, either by the president or the security cluster have any bearing on the responsibility that parliament should now take up and take further."

National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu is yet to confirm that an ad-hoc committee will be set up to deal with the matter before next month's elections.