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Nkandla: No backlash for ANC

Cyril Ramaphosa says the ANC hasn't suffered backlash after disbanding the Nkandla ad-hoc committee.

Cyril Ramaphosa says the ANC hasn't suffered backlash after disbanding the Nkandla ad-hoc committee. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The ANC's deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, claimed the party hasn't suffered any backlash following the disbanding of the Parliamentary ad-hoc committee which was meant to deal with the Nkandla scandal.

The ruling party used its majority muscle in Parliament this week to effectively dissolve the committee citing concerns over time frames and the elections.

The committee was established to consider the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report and the president's response to it.

In March, Madonsela found that President Jacob Zuma unduly benefitted from the R246 million upgrades to his private KwaZulu-Natal home.

Ramaphosa, who campaigned in the Northern Cape yesterday, said many ANC members have backed the move.

"The Nkandla issue isn't coming up in our election campaign. Our supporters aren't even raising it, that's gospel truth, and our members aren't concerned as they've been given all information they needed and they are satisfied."

Meanwhile, South African Communist Party General Secretary Blade Nzimande has reiterated his statements about Nkandla saying reports that Zuma benefitted from the R246 million security updates at his private home are lies spread by white people.

Nzimande addressed a May Day rally at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane yesterday.

"They only have one matter they have been trying to campaign around and our people see through that.The opposition is trying to use this issue because it has nothing to say to the people of our country."