Nhleko might escape Zuma Nkandla recommendation

The minister says Parliament's ad-hoc committee is still reviewing the president's request.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko says he may not have to make a recommendation on how much President Jacob Zuma should pay to the state for private upgrades to his Nkandla residence because Parliament's ad-hoc committee is still reviewing the request.

Nhleko says because the recommendation for his determination was made by Zuma in his response to Parliament, it means it is not a final instruction.

The committee is currently considering all the various reports on Nkandla and is expected to present a report to the National Assembly next week.

The minister says he has not yet started deliberating.

"The ad-hoc committee has been set up by Parliament so they still need to deliberate on that report. Once they have concluded, it is possible that resolution may still come through as a declaration of Parliament. It's also possible that they may change the resolution."

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela recommended that Zuma pay back a portion of the money spent on the almost R250 million upgrades.

In her report released in March, Madonsela found that Zuma "benefitted unduly" from some of the upgrades, which included a cattle enclosure and amphitheatre, and should pay back some of the costs of the unnecessary renovations.

In a 20-page written response to Madonsela's findings released in August, Zuma said Nhleko must now determine whether he must repay some of the money spent on his private homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

Zuma said the police minister's decision must have regard to the past practices, culture and the law.