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'Ad hoc committee won't impeach Zuma'

The ANC says the committee will deal with Nkandla and not impeaching Jacob Zuma.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The ANC in Parliament said the ad hoc committee which is set to deal with the public protector's Nkandla report won't be considering whether President Jacob Zuma should be removed from office.

The party's Moloto Motapho said the committee's mandate was limited.

National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu on Wednesday evening revealed that a 12-member multi-party body would consider Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's damning report on the issue.

"This is a type of committee that does not go beyond its call of duty. It's going to restrict itself specifically to that particular mandate and terms of references. And any motion to the contrary is misguided."

The Democratic Alliance claimed it was the first step in its bid to get Zuma impeached.

But Motapho said the party was being opportunistic and misleading the public.

"It's misleading. It's nothing but empty electioneering political rhetoric and we'll not be taking it seriously."

The body will consist of seven ANC members and five from opposition parties.

The committee has to report back to Parliament by the end of the month.