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Opposition parties to grill police minister over Nkandla report

Opposition MPs will get a chance to grill Nhleko about his controversial findings in KZN today.

FILE: Police Minister Nathi Nhleko giving an update on the Nkandla Project during the media briefing at Imbizo Media Centre in Cape Town on 28 May 2015. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko will be in the hot seat today when he briefs a special Parliamentary committee on his Nkandla report.

In May, Nhleko found President Jacob Zuma did not have to pay a cent for the multi-million rand upgrades to his private home in Kwa-Zulu Natal despite Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's finding that Zuma unduly benefitted from several non-security features including a swimming pool, cattle kraal and visitor's centre.

Democratic Alliance MP Glynnis Breytenbach said, "We have serious issues about the report being superficial, inaccurate and unconstitutional. So, yes those are the tough questions he is going to have to answer."

The Economic Freedom Fighters, a party synonymous with the refrain 'pay back the money', is refusing to participate in the Nkandla ad hoc committee.

The party's spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said there's no need for parties to push for more committees.

"President Zuma must pay back the money that is the only thing that will resolve the question of Nkandla, not another committee, not another site visit."

"That is the political stalemate. He must pay back the money and that is the only solution to the Nkandla problem in Parliament. He must not be bullied; he must not be manipulated into doing anything else that undermines the office of the Public Protector," Ndlozi said.

The committee will visit the President's home on Wednesday.