Nkandla report: No word from Parliament
Parliamentary speaker Max Sisulu has yet to reveal how the Nkandla report will be handled.
CAPE TOWN - A week after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's damning report on Nkandla landed in Parliament, Parliamentary speaker Max Sisulu has yet to spell out how it will be handled.
Madonsela has been asked to clarify aspects of her report by ministers in the security cluster.
But opposition parties have slammed the move as yet another attempt to delay scrutiny of the document in Parliament.
The Public Protector's report found that Zuma benefitted unduly from the R250 million upgrades at his private KwaZulu-Natal homestead.
It also found he violated the executive ethics code and must account to Parliament and pay back some of the money.
The security cluster said that to discuss exactly what aspects of the report it needed clarity on would be disrespectful to the office of the Public Protector.
But government's Phumla Williams said these were crucial issues if the findings were to be implemented.
"We will be awaiting the response of the Public Protector and thereafter we will further study the report."
Opposition parties are adamant it's now up to the legislative part of government to deal with the Nkandla report.
They said the security cluster's request was another bid to kick for touch.
United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said "The security cluster is wasting their time. They should understand that the process has left them. The matter is now in Parliament."
The Freedom Front Plus's Corné Mulder said that time was running out.
"The ad hoc committee should immediately do its work and report back to Parliament, who should deal with that report. This is such an important thing, you have to deal with it immediately."
The Economic Freedom Fighters Dali Mpofu said "It's just another delaying tactic, the same old waiting for another report."
Parliament's Luzuko Jacobs said an announcement will be made if there are any developments.
With Parliament set to dissolve on the eve of next month's elections, time is running out for members to consider the Nkandla report.
Sisulu has consulted party whips about the matter, but he has yet to announce how it will be handled.