Nkandla draft report expected next week

This is despite the withdrawal of opposition MPs from the Nkandla ad-hoc committee.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's ad-hoc committee on Nkandla will have a draft report ready by next week, despite the withdrawal of opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) from the grouping.

The committee is looking into the various reports on the multi-million rand security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private home in KwaZulu-Natal.

African National Congress (ANC) MP Mathole Motshekga has criticised opposition Parliamentarians for withdrawing from the committee, describing their conduct as "despicable".

"Come back and act in good faith because their conduct is despicable."

During their previous meeting, MPs wrangled over whether Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings were enforceable, an issue Motshekga won't budge on.

"Chapter 9 institutions cannot have overriding powers over all three arms of the state that they are mandated to support. Such a situation would be absurd."

The committee will reconvene on Thursday next week.


Madonsela says she will be submitting her last letter on the president to Parliament.

On Tuesday, the public protector released reports of several investigations related to service delivery and wouldn't be drawn on the Nkandla issue.

But she said that the matter is now in the hands of the ad-hoc committee and she can only hope her investigation will prompt the executive to account to its own ethics code.

"I have engaged with the president to the extent that I could in view of the fact but Parliament is now having a forum that is dealing with these things. I will then just go and submit my last letter to the president to Parliament and leave the process in Parliament's hands."