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ANC: What went wrong at Nkandla?

Six ANC MPs will continue work in the ad-hoc committee on Nkandla after opposition MPs walked out yesterday.

FILE. Six ANC MPs will continue work in the ad-hoc committee on Nkandla after opposition MPs walked out yesterday. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) says it wants to find out what went wrong with the security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home.

But the decision by opposition parties to withdraw from the Parliamentary committee dealing with the matter puts a question mark over the legitimacy of the process.

Opposition parties walked out on Friday after deadlocking with the ANC over whether Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings on Nkandla are binding on the committee and whether Zuma should appear before it.

Six ANC Members of Parliament (MPs) will now continue the work of the committee on their own.

ANC deputy chief whip Dorris Dlakude says they want to find out what went wrong at Nkandla.

"Because people are suspicious of our actions, because we are members of the ANC, they come to the wrong conclusion. Our role is to expose everything that went wrong in that project."

Opposition MPs say they won't be part of a process they believe is aimed at protecting the president from scrutiny.

Freedom Front Plus (FF+) chief whip Corné Mulder says "It's a study group of the ANC under the guise of being a committee of Parliament."

It's likely the question of whether the Public Protector's findings are binding or just recommendations will now have to be settled by the Constitutional Court.