Nkandla committee shifts its focus to public protector

A group has lodged a formal complaint against Madonsela, claiming her Nkandla report is riddled with flaws.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - While the ad-hoc committee on Nkandla is set to ask for more time to complete its work, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela could now also become the focus of a Parliamentary inquiry.

A group calling itself the Concerned Lawyers and Educationists for Equality Before the Law has lodged a formal complaint against Madonsela, claiming her Nkandla report is riddled with flaws and inaccuracies and has called for her to be fired.

In her report released in March, Madonsela found that President Jacob Zuma benefitted unduly from the R246 million upgrades at his Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal and recommended that he pay back a portion of the money.

The upgrades included an amphitheatre, a chicken run and a swimming pool.

Another group, the Public Members Unit Team, has meanwhile offered to pay whatever amount it may be decided that Zuma should repay towards the lavish upgrades.

This emerged at yesterday's meeting, which now comprises only six African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament following the withdrawal of opposition parties two weeks ago.

Committee chairperson Cedric Frolick said the committee will consider its draft report next Thursday.

"I want to make it very clear that there should not be any expectations that come next Thursday there will be a final report."

Frolick said the committee will need an extension to its 24 October deadline to finalise its report and make recommendations to the National Assembly.

Meanwhile, a complaint lodged against the public protector will be referred to Parliament's justice committee, chaired by former ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga, who's also a member of the ad-hoc committee.