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Nkandla committee called an 'ANC study group'

Opposition parties withdrew from the committee saying the ANC does not intend calling any witnesses.

Opposition parties withdrew from the committee saying the ANC does not intend calling any witnesses.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Nkandla Committee will resume today without opposition Members of Parliament (MPs).

The opposition walked out on Friday after MP's wrangled over whether President Jacob Zuma could be called to account and whether the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial action was just a recommendation.

The committee, which largely made up of African National Congress (ANC) MPs, has been set up to look into reports on the R246 million upgrades to Zuma's private Nkandla residence in KwaZulu-Natal.

Democratic Alliance MP James Selfe says opposition MP's have withdrawn from the committee.

"There's no point in participating because the majority party has made it very clear that it does not intend calling any witnesses."

Freedom Front Plus chief whip Corné Mulder says he won't be part of the process.

"As long as the committee functions as an ANC study group, I'm not interested to participate at all."

Opposition MP's say the last straw was the ANC MP's refusal to consider legal opinion on whether or not the Madonsela's remedial action is enforceable or only a recommendation.

Meanwhile, 10 Public Works Department officials face disciplinary measures for their role in the Nkandla spending debacle.

The officials face charges relating to irregularities over contracts, which lend to wasteful expenditure.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said they must take responsibility for their actions.

The minister's legal adviser Phillip Masilo said, "The Special Investigating Unit's report has identified misconduct on their part and its now an opportunity for them to come and put their case forward."

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