Nkandla committee: Political parties weigh up their options
Parties have until early next week to submit names for the ad-hoc committee on Nkandla.
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CAPE TOWN - Political parties are deciding which of their Members of Parliament (MPs) will serve on the ad-hoc committee on Nkandla.
The committee, which was agreed to in the National Assembly on Tuesday, will have 11 members - six from the African National Congress (ANC), two from the DA, one from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and two representing the other parties.
The committee is tasked with considering President Jacob Zuma's response to reports by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, the government's task team and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) into the millions spent on upgrading Zuma's private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.
Parties have until early next week to submit names for the committee.
They must report back by 24 October.
An earlier committee was disbanded ahead of the May elections.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) was first out of the starting blocks, naming its Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane and Shadow Minister of Correctional Services James Selfe this afternoon.
Former top prosecutor turned DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach will serve as an alternative member.
The ANC's Moloto Mothapo says the party's busy finalising the names of the six MPs who will serve on the ad-hoc committee.
Mothapo says one of them will be recommended to chair the committee.
"We are quite aware that there is no time to waste."
The EFF will announce their member's name soon.
Party leader Julius Malema's expectations are low.
"We know that the ANC is just doing a futile exercise. They will use their majority to undermine the committee."
Both the DA and the EFF believe Zuma should be called before the committee.