Madonsela ready to report to ad-hoc committee
Thuli Madonsela says she is ready should the Nkandla ad-hoc committee summon her.
CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said her office does not produce allegations, but delivers findings and she stands ready to discuss her Nkandla report with the Parliamentary ad-hoc committee.
It was revealed yesterday that the Public Protector was chosen as one of _Time _magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.
On the same day, the committee into her Nkandla report and President Jacob Zuma's reaction to it, held its first meeting.
Madonsela found that Zuma violated an ethics code, benefitted unduly from upgrades at his home and failed to ask questions about how R246 million was being spent on the project.
Video: Zuma unduly benefitted.
Madonsela says she is ready should the committee summon her.
"Certainly if invited I would appreciate that opportunity to explain the findings and also to underscore the fact that my office doesn't make allegations but findings."
AD-HOC COMMITTEE TO MEET ON MONDAY
But opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) are worried that not enough time has been allocated for them to adequately interrogate the matter.
The committee has until the end of this month to complete its work.
"Let us be given the chance to read the documents, there's no rush as Monday isn't that far."
This was the ANC's position in response to the opposition's request for them to meet sooner than Monday.
ANC MPs said they needed time to read through all the relevant documents including the Public Protector's report.
Committee members are at also odds over their mandate.
The Democratic Alliance believes they have to consider not only the president's response to Madonsela's report, but the full report itself and the president's proclamation requesting the Special Investigating Unit to probe the Nkandla upgrades.
The committee's chairperson Cedric Frolick has been asked to get clarity on the issue from parliament's legal advisors.