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Nkandla ad-hoc committee compares reports

Both Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and the SIU probed the R246 million project.

Chairperson of Parliament's ad-hoc committee on Nkandla Cedric Frolick. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - The ad-hoc committee on Nkandla has resumed its work in Parliament by comparing two different investigative reports on the multi-million rand security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private home.

Both Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probed the R246 million project.

The ad-hoc committee was established to look into the matter after Madonsela recommended that the president pay back a portion of the money spent on the upgrades.

Parliament's content advisors were asked to compare the two reports.

Today, Shuaib Denyssen and Irvin Kinnes gave the committee feedback.

"Structures and agencies that carry out investigations of this nature will come to different conclusions because they are constituted with different objectives."

They explained Madonsela and the SIU approached the subject from different perspectives.

"For the public protector, restitutory and legal measures that guided this project is National Key Points Act. For the SIU, it is Cabinet Memorandum 2003."

There are no opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) participating in the committee after they withdrew from the process last week.

MPs walked out of a meeting last week after wrangling over whether witnesses could be called and whether Madonsela's recommendations should be enforced.

'MADONSELA'S REPORT IN PARLIAMENT'S HANDS'

Madonsela says she will leave the Nkandla report in the hands of Parliament.

The public protector held a briefing in Pretoria earlier today on several investigations involving service delivery but explained she won't be drawn on the Nkandla issue.

She did however say that it was her duty to investigate, in the hope that the executive will honour its own ethics code.

Madonsela said it's now up to the ad-hoc committeeThe committee has to report back to Parliament by 24 October.