Mbete to make final decision on Nkandla

The speaker is awaiting President Jacob Zuma’s final response before deciding on the way forward.

FILE: National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete will decide how to deal with the Nkandla scandal after she receives President Jacob Zuma's final response.

This was revealed in Parliament on Friday.

In her report, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found the president improperly benefitted from the R246 million upgrades to his private home in KwaZulu-Natal.

An ad-hoc committee was set up before the 7 May elections to consider Madonsela's findings.

But Members of Parliament (MPs) resolved to refer the matter to the fifth democratic Parliament.

Mbete says she's waiting to receive the Zuma's response to the public protector's finding s before she acts.

The Democratic Alliance has persistently asked Mbete to revive the committee so the matter can be properly dealt with.

Mbete's predecessor, Max Sisulu, has added impetus to the call.

The former speaker reportedly said Parliament's rules required the establishment of a new committee.

He said the decision for an ad-hoc committee should not depend on individual feelings.