'Zuma must appear before Nkandla ad-hoc committee'

Opposition parties are continuing their fight to have President Zuma appear before the committee.

Opposition parties are continuing their fight to have President Zuma appear before the committee.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition parties are continuing their fight to have President Jacob Zuma appear before Parliament's ad-hoc committee on Nkandla.

In March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma and his family benefited unduly from the R246 million upgrades to his home.

The Public Protector asked the president to pay back a portion of the money.

The contest over the committee's work continued when it sat yesterday to work out its programme.

Opposition Members of Parliament (MP)'s were also adamant all information relevant to the Sagan whether classified secret or not be made available to them.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu spelt it out by saying, "We must not delay this process any further, let's start with Madonsela's report then ask the president to come and say when he intends on paying back the money."

But the African National Congress's (ANC) Mathole Motshekga said this would only be decided later.

Shivambu said the committee needed access to all documents even if classified.

"Every document required for the committee to do its work must be tabled here."

The committee meets again next week Thursday and Friday.

Last month, EFF leader Julius Malema asked Zuma directly when he would pay back the money spent on upgrading his KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

"When are you paying the money because the public protector has instructed you to pay the money? We want the date," Malema asked.

"Point of order," an ANC Member of Parliament (MP) interrupted.

"This thing of point of order is what you [Zuma] hide behind, because every time a report is brought you say point of order," Malema said.

Zuma responded that the Nkandla issue had been dealt with.

But this didn't sit well with the opposition party.

Malema then had a shouting match with National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

"Why are we being thrown out? Nkandla money must be paid," said an EFF MP.

"I'm calling security and suspending the house for a few minutes," Mbete said.

However, Malema refused to go and supporters continued to chant.