Nkandla ad-hoc committee forwards Madonsela complaint

The ANC's Doris Dlakude says the committee has no mandate to deal with the complaint.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's ad-hoc committee on Nkandla has decided that a complaint against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela must be dealt with by a different committee.

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.

The complaint comes from a group calling itself concerned Lawyers and Educationists for Equality Before the Law and argues that Madonsela has mishandled her probe into the spending on Nkandla and should be fired.

The letter came before the ad-hoc committee when it met yesterday.

Opposition parties withdrew from the committee two weeks ago leaving six Africans National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament to conclude its work.

Parliamentary staffer Sikhumbuzo Tshabalala referred to the letter in the meeting.

"Madonsela has contravened the Constitution and the Public Protector Act and she must be dealt with in terms of section 194 of the Constitution. She must be removed from office."

The ANC's deputy chief whip Doris Dlakude says the committee has no mandate to deal with the complaint.

"The letter must be forwarded to the relevant committee because we aren't mandated to deal with such matters."

The complaint will now be referred to Parliament's Justice and Correctional Services Portfolio Committee.

Meanwhile, a group of Durban business people has emphasised it can pay back some of the money used on contentious security upgrades to the president's Nkandla home.

The group, which goes by the name, The Public Member's Unit Team has written to Parliament offering to pay back a portion of the money.

Businessman Vumelani Mchunu says the Nkandla debacle is a distraction for the president.

"We are worried about the issue because it doesn't only affect the president but the whole country. The economy isn't doing well and Zuma needs to focus on that."