Nkandla could end up costing more

Parliament’s ad-hoc committee says security at Nkandla needs to be re-evaluated by experts.

The Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla home could end up costing more than the R246 million already spent.

Parliament's ad-hoc committee looking into the scandal has referred the matter back to Cabinet.

In its final report, the committee says state security experts must re-evaluate security at the president's home.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found some features weren't needed and recommended Zuma repay some of the money.

But the committee, which is made up of only African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPs) since an opposition walkout two months ago, has absolved him of any liability.

"It was a huge cash pot, where people simply dived in. They bent all the rules."

Ad-hoc committee chairperson Cedric Frolic denies Parliament is failing to hold the executive to account by passing the ball back to the president and his Cabinet.

"The president is the correct person to take appropriate action. Parliament, as a completely separate arm, does not appoint members of the executive."

Frolic also says this shouldn't be seen as the green light to pour more money into Nkandla.

Cabinet will have three months to report back to Parliament on the security upgrades and whether more are needed.

But the information will be dealt with by the joint standing committee on intelligence, behind closed doors.