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Latest Nkandla report has Parly buzzing

Baleka Mbete has been accused of trying to censor the report compiled by Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.

National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete has declined to speculate on the outcome of a new ad-hoc committee being set up to deal with a report into whether President Jacob Zuma must pay back some of the money spent on his Nkandla home.

Weekend reports accused Mbete of trying to censor the report compiled by Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko into whether the president is liable for any portion of the R240 million spent on security upgrades to his home.

But Mbete claims there's agreement amongst most opposition leaders in Parliament about the need to set up a new ad-hoc committee to receive Nhleko's report and to process it before it arrives in the National Assembly.

She's also downplayed concerns that opposition parties may walk out of the process again, leaving the ruling party to deal with the controversial report.

"We can't anticipate in a very negative way what's likely to mess up this process. I think, let's go and form the committee, let the report come and take the issues on the basis of what we find in that report, which is how we normally work in Parliament."

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader, Bantu Holomisa says there is no need for a new ad-hoc committee in Parliament to deal with the police ministry's report.

He says the decision about the Nkandla report is procedurally flawed.

"Why must we go back to the ad-hoc committee, because the ad-hoc committee had done its work. The Cabinet must now tell us, 'are you in agreement with what the Minister of Police and National Treasury is saying?' If that is the case, then bring it to the National Assembly, then we'll endorse or we reject."

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