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Opposition MPs respond to postponement of Nkandla report

Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko was scheduled to release the report last night but the briefing was postponed.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Opposition parties have responded to the postponement of the Nkandla report.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko was scheduled to release the report on Wednesday night in a live broadcast, but the briefing was postponed at the last minute.

Nhleko was forced to put the brakes on plans to release his Nkandla report and follow Parliamentary procedure.

President Jacob Zuma took to the podium and accused the opposition parties of being obsessed with Nkandla.

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REACTION TO POSTPONEMENT

Nhleko was tasked with determining whether Zuma benefitted from non-security features installed at his private home in KwaZulu-Natal, and whether he should pay for them.

With an hour to go to his much anticipated announcement, the minster's spokesperson broke news of the postponement.

Musa Zondi said the delay was to allow for the report to be tabled in Parliament.

"It's been postponed for 24 hours to allow the Parliamentary process to take its course. It must go through the tabling and announcements."

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF's) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the postponement is typical of government to leave South Africans waiting.

"We're not shocked, we've been warning South Africans over and over again, but all these reports that are implicating key leaders of government get perpetually postponed such that we are in a stage of permanently waiting as South Africans."

The Democratic Alliance (DA's) Mmusi Maimane said government is not allowing the public its chance to see the truth.

"It seems to me that there is a pursuit of a scapegoat rather than anything else. What is vital here is that South Africans, it was their money that was spent at the end of the day and so I think the minister must table that report so that South Africans can decide."

The Freedom Front Plus said it shows the "incompetence" of government not knowing Parliamentary processes.

The party's Chief Whip Corné Mulder said, "Postponing it for a further 24 hours clearly indicates that they do not understand or even know the Parliamentary procedure in that sense which a really tragic situation is also. We will just have to wait, I think its incompetence, that's all."

It's now expected the minister will release the report this evening.

The ministry is planning a fresh briefing at 7pm on Thursday night.

The question of how the report will be handled, could arise during a National Assembly Programming Committee meeting on Thursday morning.

Speaker Baleka Mbete already indicated a multi-party ad hoc committee will be set up to consider the report once it lands up in Parliament.