ANC blocks DA's Nkandla bid

The DA wanted President Jacob Zuma to appear before the Nkandla ad-hoc committee.

President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress has blocked an opposition bid to get President Jacob Zuma to appear before the Nkandla ad-hoc committee.

The proposal from Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane was defeated by 180 votes to 99 with one abstention.

It also called for Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to brief the committee.

While the ANC's majority sank the DA's proposal, it gave opposition parties a fresh chance to raise questions in the house about the legitimacy of the ad-hoc committee which is now made up of only six ruling party Members of Parliament.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane said, "The principal person who needs to come and give evidence is President Jacob Zuma- he can't run away from accountability."

The Economic Freedom Fighters spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said, "He must appear and answer a simple question before the committee - When is he paying back the money."

The house adopted a resolution extending the ad-hoc committee's deadline to 14 November.