Mbete pushes for 'edited' Nkandla report

Reports suggest Baleka Mbete wants the house to receive a sanitised version of the latest report on Nkandla.

The Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

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

Weekend reports suggest Mbete says there is a need to handle sensitive security information carefully.

She has offered opposition leaders a confidential briefing by Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.

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.

The City Press newspaper says opposition parties are describing the offer as "flawed and dubious" and have refused to be complicit in keeping details of the latest report secret.

Nhleko revealed in a Parliamentary response this week that his report on President Jacob Zuma's private residence is ready and he was waiting for Parliament to indicate when he should table it.

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.


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.