DA ups ante on Nkandla bid

Baleka Mbete has until tomorrow to reconsider her refusal to create a new Nkandla committee.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete. Picture:EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has upped the ante in its bid to have the ad-hoc committee on Nkandla re-established.

The official opposition has given National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete until 5pm tomorrow to reconsider her refusal to create a new Parliamentary committee that could continue the work of the one set up by her predecessor Max Sisulu.

Mbete last week turned down the request for the ad-hoc committee, saying it's up to the National Assembly to decide.

The DA's James Selfe disagrees with Mbete's decision.

"The rules make it very clear that when the National Assembly is in adjournment, the power to establish ad-hoc committees lie with the speaker."

The previous committee met briefly before the 7 May elections and recommended that the matter stand over to the fifth Parliament because it lacked the time to deal with it properly.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report, which was released in March, found President Jacob Zuma unduly benefitted from the multi-million rand upgrades to his Nkandla home.

The document recommended the president account to Parliament and pay back part of the total sum.

Zuma has since said in public that he didn't ask for the upgrades and would not pay back any of the money to the state.