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IFP defends Nkandla committee stance

MP Narend Singh voted with the seven ANC MPs to push through a decision to disband the body.

The Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

JOHANNESBURG - The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on Wednesday said it backed the ANC's decision to refer the Nkandla ad-hoc committee to the next Parliament because it believed it was the right thing to do.

National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu appointed the committee to probe President Jacob Zuma's response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's damning Nkandla report.

The document, released on 19 March, found the president unduly benefitted from R246 million upgrades to his private KwaZulu-Natal home.

She also ordered Zuma reprimand ministers, account to Parliament and pay back a part of the money spent on non-security matters.

IFP Member of Parliament Narend Singh voted with the seven ANC MPs this week to push through a decision to disband the body.

He defended his party's decision, rejecting suggestions that it was guided by ulterior political motives.

"It's absolute balderdash for anyone to suggest that there was a collusion between any political party on the committee."

Singh says the body wouldn't have been able properly interrogate Madonsela's report before Parliament dissolved for the polls.

He says the body wouldn't be able to get much out of the interaction.

The Democratic Alliance believes there is no guarantee the new Parliament will deal with the matter.

It's getting legal advice on whether the decision can be challenged in court.