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'Nkandla ad-hoc committee must be revived'

The ISS says the Nkandla issue is of national importance.

Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

JOHANNESBURG - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says the ad-hoc committee on Nkandla needs to be revived because the issue is a matter of national importance.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report, which was released in March, said the President Jacob Zuma and his family unduly benefitted from the R246 million upgrades.

The Democratic Alliance asked National Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete to create a new Parliamentary committee to consider the Nkandla controversy.

Mbete refused, saying it was not in her power and that the speaker could only create committees if the National Assembly was adjourned for more than two weeks.

The ISS's Judith February said it has become a rather technical matter.

"We should be moving beyond the technical and saying it's a matter of national importance. It's a committee that needs to be revived because it didn't finish its work."

A 2010 aerial view of Nkandla taken off Google Earth.

The latest aerial view of Nkandla taken in August 2013 which was taken by an aerial mapping company using a hi-tech, high-altitude mapping aircraft.

Meanwhile, Zuma has undertaken to give 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 on improvements at his Nkandla homestead.