Nkandla committee won’t subpoena Zuma

The decision was issued by the Parliamentary committee’s chairperson, ANC MP Cedric Frolick.

President Jacob Zuma's residence in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma won't be called to appear before the Parliamentary ad-hoc committee considering the public protector's report on Nkandla.

The ruling was issued a short while ago by committee chairperson, ANC Member of Parliament Cedric Frolick.

The ad-hoc committee is tasked with considering Zuma's response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's damning report on nearly R250 million being spent at the president's home in KwaZulu-Natal.

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 committee started its second meeting a short while ago.

Opposition parties' hopes of summonsing the president to answer questions before the committee under oath appear to have been dashed.

Video: Zuma eroding public trust.

Frolick says nobody will be called to appear before the committee and says Zuma's indicated he's willing to engage with the National Assembly on the Nkandla upgrades.

The committee's now embroiled in a debate over its terms of reference, and the extent to which it will delve into the report.