Nkandla ad-hoc committee to meet today

The committee must elect a chairperson and decide a schedule of meetings before it reports back.

The committee must elect a chairperson, and decide a schedule of meetings before it reports back.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament will be in the spotlight today when the ad-hoc committee that must consider President Jacob Zuma's response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report meets for the first time.

Madonsela found that Zuma failed to question the out of control spending that led to the cost of upgrades to his private home, ballooning from R65 million in 2009 to a projected R246 million.

She found he should have questioned the scale and affordability of the project and breached the executive code of ethics by not doing so.

A 2010 aerial view of Nkandla taken off Google Earth.

The latest aerial view of Nkandla taken in August 2013 which was taken by an aerial mapping company using a hi-tech, high-altitude mapping aircraft.

The Public Protector also recommended Zuma pay back part of the cost of features she deemed were not related to security, including the swimming pool and a chicken run.

Picture: EWN.

It's the first time the conduct of a democratically elected president comes under such scrutiny. Under the constitution, Parliament has a duty to hold the government accountable.

But today's meeting is likely to be largely procedural.

The committee must elect a chairperson, expected to be ANC MP Cedrick Frolick, and decide a schedule of meetings before it's due to report back next Wednesday.

The big battle is yet to come.

Video: ANC won't apologise for Nkandla.

It will centre on the committee's mandate and to what extent it will use its powers to subpoena documents and the president to get answers on the spending scandal.

The ad-hoc committee is set to meet in Parliament at 10 am.