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‘Nkandla only affects personal tax payers’

FF Plus leader Pieter Mulder says national discussion around Nkandla hasn’t helped South Africa.

The scandal has appeared to dominate part of the news agenda ahead of the polls.

JOHANNESBURG - Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder says he believes the national discussion around the Nkandla issue may not have helped South Africa because it doesn't appear it will affect the result of the election.

Public Protector Thuli 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.

The scandal has appeared to dominate part of the news agenda ahead of the polls.

But Mulder says it doesn't seem to be having an impact.

"We've got about 5 million people paying taxes, 45 million don't pay personal taxes and maybe they don't worry about this money as people that pay taxes do and that might be one of the reasons it doesn't have the same effect.

"It surely has an effect on opposition voters, the question is, did it really have an effect on ANC voters."

AD-HOC COMMITTEE TO MEET ON MONDAY

The committee will meet again 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.

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