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Nkandla ad-hoc committee to elect chair

The committee is back on track after a united stand by opposition MPs over the scope of its mandate.

FILE: The committee has to report back to Parliament by 24 October. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's ad-hoc committee on Nkandla is set to meet at 1pm to elect a chairperson.

The committee is back on track after a united stand by opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) over the scope of its mandate temporarily derailed it.

A meeting of party chief whips last week resolved the standoff.

Opposition MPs wanted something more substantial than African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip Stone Sizani's promise that the Nkandla ad-hoc committee's mandate would be broad.

They will now have a transcript of Sizani's pledge in the National Assembly that all reports on Nkandla, including the report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, will be examined.

It is likely not to be the last battle fought in the committee, which has been set up to consider President Jacob Zuma's response to the reports.

The multi-party committee has 11 members - six from the ANC, two from the Democratic Alliance, one from the Economic Freedom Fighters and two representing the other parties.

The committee has to report back to Parliament by 24 October.

An earlier committee was disbanded ahead of the May elections.