DA wants Nkandla ad-hoc committee revived

The call for the ad-hoc committee to be returned will put Baleka Mbete's impartiality to the test.

The call for the ad-hoc committee to be returned will put Baleka Mbete's impartiality to the test. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s asked new National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete to revive the ad-hoc committee that was supposed to deal with the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report.

In March, Madonsela found that President Jacob Zuma and his family unduly benefitted from the R246 million upgrades to his home.

The party made its request after objecting to Zuma's nomination as president in the National Assembly yesterday.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng dismissed the objection and Zuma was elected unopposed.

Earlier the DA nominated its own candidate for speaker, forcing a vote by secret ballot.

Mbete made a pledge to Members of Parliament after her election was declared.

"I assure you honorable members that your trust not misplaced and I will carry out duties in a manner that is fitting to the spirit of the constitution."

Video: ANC won't apologise for Nkandla.

With Mbete also the ANC chairperson, the DA's wary she'll serve Luthuli House rather than all parties.

The call for the committee to be returned will put Mbete's impartiality to the test.

The DA added that the president failed to uphold the constitution and has yet to properly answer to Madonsela's damning findings.

Meanwhile, last week the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) repeated calls for Zuma to resign over the Nkandla scandal.

The union's demand came just as news was breaking of government's decision to take the Public Protector to court over her report.

At a special media briefing on the union's affairs, Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim said any ministers involved in the project be added to the list of those they want to see step down following the damning findings.

Madonsela recommended that Zuma pay back a percentage of the costs involved.