DA to write to Mbete about Nkandla

DA said it will write a letter to Baleka Mbete about her refusal to reconstitute the Nkandla ad-hoc committee.

DA said it will write a letter to Baleka Mbete about her refusal to reconstitute the Nkandla ad-hoc committee.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance said it plans to write a letter to newly sworn-in Parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete, about her refusal to reconstitute an ad-hoc committee on the Nkandla scandal.

Chairperson of the party's federal executive, James Selfe, said he'll write to Mbete tomorrow arguing her reasons for doing this are flawed.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings showed that President Jacob Zuma unduly benefitted from the R243 million upgrades to his private home.

Former speaker Max Sisulu, established a committee, which met briefly before the May elections to consider Zuma's response to the Public Protector's report.

But the committee then recommended that the matter stand over to the next Parliament because it lacked the time to deal with it comprehensively.

However the new legislature is not bound by that recommendation.

Meanwhile, last month the ANC released an angry statement accusing the DA of being defiant and in contempt of court following a ruling relating to the controversial Nkandla SMS.

Video: ANC won't apologise for Nkandla.

The ruling party said it was "shocked and dismayed" that the opposition party didn't sent out an apology.

The message, which was sent to around 1,5 million South Africans, labelled the president as a thief after Madonsela's report.

The High Court in Johannesburg ruled in the DA's favour, finding the SMS was in fact "fair comment" in a country with constitutionally protected freedom of speech.

But the decision was overturned.

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