Opposition MPs: We won't be used in Nkandla committee

The committee set up to consider the new Nkandla report met for the first time on Thursday.

The Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) have made it clear they won't allow themselves to be used as a rubber stamp by the African National Congress (ANC) when it comes to dealing with the police minister's report on the Nkandla saga.

The committee set up to consider the report met for the first time on Thursday, where senior ANC MP Cedric Frolick was elected unopposed as the chair.

Frolick chaired the last ad-hoc committee on Nkandla in 2014 which opposition parties walked out of in the face of ANC resistance to anyone being called to testify before it.

On Thursday, the governing party proposed Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko and his Public Works counterpart Thulas Nxesi be invited to take the Parliamentary grouping through the report.

Opposition MPs pushed for the Public Protector and the experts Nhleko relied upon to also be among those called, but their ANC colleagues were not in favour of this.

Freedom Front Plus (FF+) chief whip Corne Mulder said he won't allow himself to be used.

"You may have instructions from anywhere, I don't care, that tells you how to deal with this issue. But if you think that some of us are going to play a game to assist you, to do what you did the last time, with all due respect, I will not be a part of it. I am not going to waste my time."

The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s James Selfe said, "We will argue in due course that the report is deeply and fundamentally flawed in a variety of different ways."

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.