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ANC names Nkandla committee members

The ruling party has mustered big guns to serve on the ad-hoc committee.

President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - The ANC has mustered big guns to serve on the ad-hoc committee looking into Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report.

National Assembly chairperson Cedric Frolick, Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence chair Cecil Burgess and ANC deputy chief whip Doris Dlakude are on the committee.

Parliamentarian and Young Communist League leader Buti Manamela, Public Service and Administration Committee chair Joyce Moloi-Moropa and justice committee chair Llewellyn Landers will also represent the ruling party.

ANC whip on the Communications Oversight Committee Faith Muthambi is the seventh committee member.

In March, Madonsela found that President Jacob Zuma unduly benefited from the R246 million upgrades to his private KwaZulu-Natal home.

She ordered he account to Parliament, pay back a sum of the money spent on non-security matters and reprimand ministers.

But Zuma has publicly argued he never asked for the upgrades and would not pay back any funds.

Tuesday's announcement by ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani's office comes shortly after the Democratic Alliance (DA) again accused the ruling party of deliberately delaying the committee.

Frolick will be recommended to serve as the committee chairperson.

The ANC has previously pointed out that the committee would not be considering any calls to impeach Zuma as this went beyond their mandate.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU)'s report on Nkandla is only expected to be released after the 7 May general election.

Meanwhile, the public protector's office says separate preliminary investigations and meetings have been scheduled to deal with three complaints about claims the ANC is abusing state resources.

Madonsela's office says it received two complaints from AgangSA.

One claim relates to the distribution of mattresses in Valhalla Park in Cape Town and another about the erection of billboards by the Gauteng provincial government, allegedly in the ruling party's corporate colours.

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