Nkandla committee: Opposition MPs walk out

A number of opposition parties are also set to hold a press conference on the matter.

A 2010 aerial view of Nkandla. Picture: Google Earth.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) walked out of the Nkandla ad-hoc committee on Friday.

A number of parties are also set to hold a press conference on the matter.

Earlier on Friday, MPs warned that the ANC would be putting the integrity of Parliament and the Constitution at risk if the Public Protector was undermined.

The group, chaired by the ANC's Cedric Frolick, is looking into the R246 million upgrade to President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla residence in KwaZulu-Natal.

The committee on Friday wrangled over whether the president himself could be called to account and whether Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial action was just a recommendation.

Opposition MPs threatened to pull out of the committee and go to the Constitutional Court instead.

Freedom Front Plus MP Corne Mulder said if Parliament did not enforce Madonsela's remedial action, it would be in breach of the Constitution.

"The Constitution will prevail."

But the ruling party is adamant nobody needs to be called before the committee and that the Public Protector's remedial action should be seen as mere recommendations.

Opposition MPs say that would undermine Madonsela's office and that Parliament is obliged to uphold the Constitution.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Thursday said Zuma must face prosecution for out-of-control spending at his home.