Zuma to give full report on Nkandla

The president told Baleka Mbeka he would submit a 'comprehensive' report within 30 working days.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has undertaken to give National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete a "comprehensive and final report" on the Nkandla controversy within 30 working days.

In a letter dated 4 June, the president told Mbete he was in a position to do so because he had seen the provisional report from the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) on improvements at his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

This comes with the news that Mbete has told the Democratic Alliance (DA) it was not within her power at this stage to establish an ad-hoc committee on Nkandla.

Mbete has responded to the DA's request to reconstitute a committee that would look into Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the R246 million spent on security upgrades at Zuma's private home.

The public protector's report, which was released in March, said the upgrades unduly benefitted the president and his family.

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

Mbete was given until 5pm today to respond.

But the DA's James Selfe says her position remains unchanged.

"She has said that Parliament is not adjourned and is simply not sitting."

No date has been set for the release of the SIU's report.