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Nkandla debacle to be scrutinised in Parliament

The Nkandla debacle will finally be reviewed in Parliament under a newly established ad-hoc committee.

FILE. The Nkandla debacle with finally be reviewed in Parliament under a newly established ad-hoc committee. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - The Nkandla spending scandal will finally come under Parliamentary scrutiny.

The National Assembly on Tuesday approved a motion from the African National Congress (ANC) that a new ad-hoc committee be appointed to weigh up President Jacob Zuma's response to investigations into the multimillion rand upgrades to his private KwaZulu-Natal home.

A previous ad-hoc committee was disbanded ahead of the May elections and its work deferred to the new Parliament.

ANC chief whip Stone Sizani has dismissed opposition concerns, insisting the ad-hoc committee will have a broad mandate and will examine all the relevant documents.

"The committed will examine the Public Protector's report, the Inter-Ministerial Committee's report, the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence's report, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU)'s report and the president's response to those reports."

He blasted the Democratic Alliance (DA) for suggesting the ANC wanted to limit the committee's work to considering only Zuma's response.

The DA says it will be holding Sizani to his commitment.

The committee will have until 24 October to report back to Parliament.