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Nhleko's Nkandla report 'is just a smokescreen'

The police minister fielded questions by MPs ahead of a site visit to the president’s KZN homestead.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) have accused Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko of being vague, evasive and defensive about the Nkandla spending debacle.

The minister faced a barrage of questions on the issue on Tuesday from members of a special parliamentary committee sitting in Pietermaritzburg.

He's been criticised for exonerating President Jacob Zuma of financial liability for the multimillion rand security upgrades at his private home in KwaZulu-Natal despite the Public Protector finding Zuma unduly benefited from the R246 million project.

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The parliamentary ad hoc committee will be shown around Zuma's homestead today.

The chairperson of the ad hoc committee estimates that the minister fielded more than a hundred questions from MPs.

But opposition politicians weren't satisfied with his answers.

Democratic Alliance James Selfe said Nhleko was vague and defensive.

"I think that the minister ducked and dived, I think he obfuscated some very important issues."

The United Democratic Movement's Nqabayomzi Kwankwa said, "We ended up having a discussion where we're talking about these issues in broad and very generic terms, which will not help us in trying to find the way forward."

The Inkatha Freedom Party was equally disappointed.

"Well, he's been going around in circles. He has not been specific, he hasn't been addressing the issues in terms of the mandate."

MP Narend Singh said Nhleko's report is a smokescreen.