DA renews efforts for new Nkandla review

The previous ad-hoc committee was disbanded in Parliament before the 7 May elections.

FILE: Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) is to table a motion in Parliament to have another ad-hoc committee set up to probe the public protector's report on the Nkandla scandal.

The previous committee was disbanded before the 7 May elections after members of the African National Congress voted in favour of deferring the matter to the next session of Parliament.

However, when the DA requested the new Speaker in Parliament Baleka Mbete to initiate the new committee, she refused, prompting the official opposition to pursue other avenues.

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

DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane says Zuma has missed more than one deadline given to him by bodies put in place to investigate Nkandla.

"Zuma has missed deadlines set not only by the Public Protector but the deadlines he set for himself. When will he respond to Parliament on all the allegations made against him in the Public Protector's report?"

During this month, it was revealed the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) was only given access to Nkandla a week before their report was to be finalised.

SIU head, advocate Vas Soni, said the unit was still waiting for responses from third parties named in the report.