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Nkandla ad hoc committee to meet

The special ad hoc committee will meet for the first time this morning.

The special ad hoc committee will meet for the first time this morning. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's process to see that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's recommendations on the millions spent on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home are implemented gets underway today.

The ad hoc committee set up to do the work will meet for the first time this morning.

The committee will have before it Madonsela's report, which found that Zuma breached the executive code of ethics and recommended he repay some of the nearly R250 million spent.

It will also have the report by the government's task team, which exonerated Zuma, the Special Investigating Unit's provisional report and Zuma's response to Parliament submitted earlier this month.

The committee's first job will be to elect a chairperson, likely to be the ANC's recommendation of Cedrick Frolick, but the big fight will come when the committee decides its mandate.

The five opposition MPs on the 11 member committee will meet to decide on a common position.

They want president Zuma to be called to answer questions.

Madonsela's readiness to appear before the committee is already on record, but it will be up to the committee, where the ANC has a majority, to decide how it proceeds.

The ad hoc committee has until 24 October to report back to Parliament

Meanwhile, Madonsela has dismissed as 'ridiculous' claims that she is working with political opposition parties and has called on the African National Congress (ANC) to reign in people who have no respect for others.

On Thursday, Madonsela revealed she will request a meeting with President Zuma to discuss the way forward in relation to her Nkandla report.

The Public Protector and her office have been under attack since a letter she wrote to Zuma giving him an ultimatum to respond to the findings she made in her report, which was also leaked to the media.

Madonsela has told EWN she cannot comment on the unfolding events in Parliament because she may at some point be asked to investigate the state's reaction.

She says she has no plans to approach the courts over the president's response to her Nkandla report but reiterates that those attacking her office must think before they speak.

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