Nkandla review up to new Parliament

Freedom Front Plus MP Corne Mulder accused the ANC of a political ploy.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma at the Freedom Day celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 27 April 2014.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - It will be up to the newly elected Parliament to consider President Jacob Zuma's response to the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report.

This after the majority of ANC members sitting on the ad-hoc committee on the matter on Monday voted to defer the issue until after the 7 May elections.

Freedom Front Plus Member of Parliament (MP) Corne Mulder accused the ANC of a political ploy.

"You want this thing discussed, but just not before 7 May."

ANC MP and committee member Buti Manamela denied the ruling party was shutting down the committee to protect the president.

"The incoming speaker and whoever would be the majority party in the fifth Parliament cannot ignore the fact that this matter is still hanging."

Manamela says it's not in the interests of the ANC for Zuma to remain implicated.

He also says Madonsela's report and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU)'s probe won't disappear.

"It's not in our interests as the ruling party that a person who we nominated as the president of the country is implicated."

The ad-hoc committee was set up to consider Zuma's response to Madonsela's findings on the R246 million improvements to his private KwaZulu-Natal home.

The president has publicly stated that he never asked for the upgrades and said he would not pay back any funds.

Manamela insists the ANC views the findings against Zuma as an important matter.

But he argued that there was too little time before Parliament dissolves at midnight on 6 May for the committee to properly consider the matter.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance's James Selfe says he met with party lawyers on Tuesday morning.

"I was consulting with our legal team this morning. We have given them a brief and we await their advice in due course. Obviously, the matter is urgent."

To read Madonsela's full report click here.