Nkandla ad hoc committee battle lines drawn

ANC MP Cedric Frolick was elected unopposed to chair the committee.

FILE: A view of Nkandla in January 2014. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The parliamentary committee set up to consider Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's report on Nkandla had its first meeting on Thursday and battle lines are already drawn.

Nhleko released his report last month, concluding that all the features installed at President Jacob Zuma's home were for security purposes and that he was therefore not liable to pay back a cent.

ANC and opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) faced off when the committee met to elect a chair this afternoon.

Senior ANC MP Cedric Frolick was elected unopposed to chair the committee.

ANC deputy chief whip Doris Dlakude proposed that Nhleko and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi be called before the committee.

"We would like to propose that both ministers be invited to this committee so that they can take us through."

Opposition MPs pushed for others to be called, including the Public Protector and the experts Nhleko relied on to reach his decision.

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The ANC's Mathole Motshekga said, "I don't think that kind of approach flows from the process that Parliament established."

Opposition MPs warned they would not be used as a rubber-stamp for a report they deemed a whitewash.

It's been agreed a draft programme will be drafted, after which the battle will commence afresh.

The multi-party ad hoc committee has 14 voting members: eight from the ANC, three from DA, one from the EFF, and two MPs representing the other, smaller parties in Parliament.