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Nkandla: Officials to appear before DC

Officials who were implicated in the Nkandla upgrades are expected to appear before a disciplinary committee.

FILE: Officials who were implicated in the Nkandla upgrades are expected to appear before a disciplinary committee. Picture: City Press.

JOHANNESBURG - Disciplinary hearings for 10 Public Works officials implicated in the Nkandla upgrades are expected to commence this morning.

In March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that President Jacob Zuma benefited from a quarter of a billion rand worth of upgrades to his private home.

She also recommended that Zuma pay back some of the money.

The disciplinary charges against public works officials relate to contracts awarded unfairly, allowing irregular and wasteful expenditure and misconduct regarding overcharging for services.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi's legal adviser Phillip Masilo says they don't expect to start with arguments this morning.

"We hoping that the only issue that will be discussed will be their request to have a joint disciplinary hearing, maybe dates will be set to proceed with a full blown disciplinary hearing."

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) said it wants to find out what went wrong with the security upgrades to 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 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.