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Ad-hoc committee members to visit Nkandla in July

Nkandla’s ad-hoc committee MPs will travel to visit Jacob Zuma's private home next month.

President Jacob Zuma's homestead in Nkandla. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Members of Parliament's (MPs) ad-hoc committee on Nkandla will travel to visit President Jacob Zuma's private home next month.

This was decided when the committee met a short while ago to consider its draft programme.

The committee set up to consider the report met for the first time on Thursday, where senior African National Congress 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.

It's also been agreed that Police Minister Nathi Nhleko will brief the committee on his controversial report on Nkandla on 21 July.

Nhleko found that Zuma is not liable to repay any of the public money spent on Nkandla as all the features including a swimming pool were built for security purposes.

Frolick says it's an important visit for the committee to make.

"I think it's fair and rational for the committee to go and see. We know it's the private residence of the president and his family but we will follow due process so that we can have access to look at what happened."

In March 2013, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a scathing report on Nkandla.

Madonsela found that Zuma and his family unduly benefited from the R246 million upgrades to his home.

She recommended that the president pay back a portion of the money.