Nkandla ad-hoc committee to meet again today

Opposition MPs warn they will pull out of the committee and approach the Constitutional Court.

President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's ad-hoc committee on Nkandla is set to meet again this morning after a threatened walkout by opposition Members of Parliament (MPS) brought it to the brink of collapse last night.

The opposition MPs want President Jacob Zuma to appear before the committee to respond to unanswered questions about his involvement in the project.

But ANC MPs shot down demands that Zuma or anyone else come before the committee to answer questions. They also took the view that the remedial action put forward by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, which includes having Zuma repay some of the money spent on his Nkandla estate, isn't binding.

The ANC's Mathole Motshekga says Madonsela's remedial action should be seen as recommendations.

"On the balance of evidence by academics and by literature, legal literature, remedial action is not binding."

This was rejected by opposition MPs, including Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) leader Julius Malema.

"Honourable Motshekga knows very well you don't take recommendation, you make recommendation. And the question says to take appropriate remedial action, to take! So it can't be recommendation, it's an action."

Opposition MPs have warned they will pull out of the committee and approach the Constitutional Court.

Freedom Front Plus Chief Whip Dr Corné Mulder made an appeal, claiming this was "a very serious matter".

Mulder added: "If we fail in our duty, don't expect anyone to ever come and account to this Parliament again."

The Democratic Alliance's Mmusi Maimane said, "If we do take the executive view, we might as well concede that we are sweethearts of the executive."

The committee is tasked with dealing with the various reports on the Nkandla spending scandal and must report back to Parliament by 24 October.


Malema also said that Zuma must face prosecution for out-of-control spending of public funds.

The EFF leader said the president must take full responsibility for the overspending at his KwaZulu-Natal residence.

The controversial politician said officials were able to flout rules and procedures, which resulted in spending spiraling out of control.

"We must put Zuma to task and this will prove he was involved, he gave instruction, he even promised protection."

The EFF president said Zuma failed in his responsibility as the country's chief executive to prevent state coffers from being looted, even after media reports that spending was out of control.

Meanwhile, it was reported on Tuesday that 20 EFF MPs were served with official notices to appear before the Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee.

But in a sharply worded statement, the red berets labelled the committee a "kangaroo court".

EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu referred to the committee as a quasi-disciplinary process dominated and controlled by the ruling party.

The committee meets again at 10am today.