MPs to inspect Nkandla today
Police officers will show ad-hoc committee MPs around the president’s estate this afternoon.
PIETERMARITZBURG - Parliament's ad hoc committee on Nkandla will conduct an in-loco inspection of President Jacob Zuma's private home in rural KwaZulu-Natal today.
But the committee says it doesn't have the "legal authority" to allow the media access.
Last year Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Zuma unduly benefitted from non-security features that formed part of the R246 million project.
However, the president has been exonerated of any financial liability by his police minister.
Police officers will show Members of Parliament around the president's estate this afternoon.
They will have at least two hours to inspect the property.
But it seems unlikely that they will be allowed to keep their phones or cameras with them during the inspection.
However, not all political parties sitting on the committee are going to Nkandla.
The Congress of the People and the Economic Freedom Fighters have refused to participate in the planned visit.
Journalists on the other hand want to be let in.
The South African National Editors Forum has called on the committee's chairperson Cedric Frolick to ask the president in the strongest terms to grant the media access.
WATCH: Nhleko: Zuma still doesn't have to pay for Nkandla
MPS GRILL NHLEKO
The minister presented his report to a special parliamentary committee established to consider his findings.
Nhleko's presentation began with a breakdown of the cost of the Nkandla project.
According to his report, more than R50 million was spent on security features.
However, this figure excluded the R20 million spent on consultant fees.
His presentation followed largely the same format as the first time he presented it to a room full of journalists in Cape Town in May, where he played a video demonstrating how a fire pool functions.
That video was played again for MPs.