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ANC promises new Nkandla committee will have 'carte blanche'

The National Assembly has approved an ANC motion for an ad-hoc committee to deal with Nkandla spending.

Parliament is set to formally consider the findings of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, the Special Investigating Unit and a government task team on state funds spent on upgrading President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament is now set to formally consider the findings of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, the Special Investigating Unit and a government task team on state funds spent on upgrading President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home.

The National Assembly has approved an African National Congress (ANC) motion for an ad-hoc committee to deal with the matter.

The multi-party committee must report back to Parliament by 24 October.

An earlier committee was disbanded ahead of the May elections.

ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani dismissed concerns by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and other opposition parties, insisting that the ad-hoc committee will have carte blanche in terms of its mandate.

"We are giving them a blank cheque. We are saying everything that would enable that committee to conduct its business is available."

DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen wanted the documents listed but Sizani told Members of Parliament the committee will consider all reports relevant to the Nkandla spending.

The committee will have 11 members - six from the ANC, two from the DA, one from the Economic Freedom Fighters and two representing the other parties.

The DA earlier today said the multi-party ad-hoc committee is another bid to shield Zuma from having to explain his role in the debacle.

On Thursday, the president, in a 20-page written response, said Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko must now determine whether he must repay some of the money spent on Nkandla.