Holomisa puts spotlight on Mbete over Nkandla report

It’s alleged Baleka Mbete wants Parliament to censor Nkosinathi Nhleko’s report on Nkandla.

FILE: The City Press is reporting that Mbete wants Parliament to censor Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko’s report on the security upgrades. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa has questioned why National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete claims she has not yet seen the police ministry's report on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla upgrades even though she's told opposition parties some details are too sensitive to be revealed in public.

The City Press is reporting that Mbete wants Parliament to censor Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's report on the security upgrades by first meeting with opposition parties behind closed doors before tabling only an edited version in Parliament.

Nhleko this week revealed that the report is finished and ready to be tabled in Parliament.

Holomisa says he has written to Mbete.

"The minister of police has not told us that there are certain aspects of the report which he feels should not be in the public. So I find it strange he wants to rope us into this flawed approach."

In a move that is set to spark a new confrontation with opposition parties in Parliament, according to weekend reports, National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, wants the house to receive a sanitised version of the latest report on Nkandla.

The speaker has apparently offered a confidential briefing on Nkandla, in exchange for opposition parties to handle the report in secret, before an edited version is presented to the house.

Last year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, found that the president and his family unduly benefitted from the R246 million upgrades to his home in KwaZulu-Natal.

Madonsela recommended that Zuma pay back a portion of the money spent on the upgrades.

'ZUMA SHOULD PAY BACK AT LEAST R52M'

On Friday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) announced that Zuma should repay at least R52 million of the money spent on upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

The party presented a list of what it said were unnecessary expenses that the president needed to reimburse government for.

A fire pool, a tuck shop and mood lighting have been listed as some of the expenses the DA believed Zuma should pay for.

Zuma told Parliament that he will not repay a portion of the R246 million spent on the upgrades, until Nhleko made a determination.