'New Nkandla ad-hoc committee to have short lifespan'

Details about the new committee will be announced in Parliament by Friday.

FILE: Screengrab of President Jacob Zuma laughing in Parliament.

CAPE TOWN - National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete on Wednesday said the soon to be announced ad-hoc committee on the Nkandla matter will likely have a very short lifespan.

Last year, President Jacob Zuma instructed the Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and the National Treasury to determine what costs, if any, he owed for the non-security upgrades to his private residence in KwaZulu-Natal.

This was after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found he had unduly benefited from the upgrades.

Mbete says details about the ad-hoc committee, which will deal with the minister's report, will be announced in Parliament by Friday.

Mbete said, "Many smaller parties were not accommodated in the previous

ad-hoc committee. We have agreed that they should be able to submit

names, at least one each."

Meanwhile, African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip Stone Sizani said he hopes Members of Parliament (MPs) can work together in the committee.

"If we talk to each other, we may find a common solution that will not embarrass our nation and make ourselves the laughing stock to the world because this time around it will be a national solution."

Last year, opposition MPs walked out of an ad-hoc committee that

eventually exonerated Zuma of wrongdoing in the Nkandla scandal.