ANC blocks attempts to have Madonsela answer on Nkandla

Last year, Thuli Madonsela found the president unduly benefited from non-security features at Nkandla.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) has blocked attempts to have Public Protector Thuli Madonsela appear before the ad hoc committee currently looking into the Nkandla spending debacle.

In her report released last year, Madonsela found President Jacob Zuma unduly benefited from the non-security features that formed part of the R246 million project to secure his private home in KwaZulu-Natal.

But the Police Minister Nathi Nhleko released his own report, which found all of the features installed, including a swimming pool, were there for Zuma's protection.

Nhleko concluded the president didn't have to repay a cent for the costly upgrades.

ANC Members of Parliament Vincent Smith says the ad hoc committee doesn't need to hear from the public protector in order to finalise its report.

"From the previous two ad hoc committees, plus what we went to see physically, plus what the ministers came to explain in terms of implementation or advancing the recommendations… I believe we have sufficient evidence to write a report."

But opposition politicians represented on the committee strongly disagree.

They say Madonsela should get a chance to respond to the ANC's criticism of her Nkandla report.

Last week, the ruling party accused Madonsela of misleading the country with her findings.

But some ANC MPs have argued they're not attacking Madonsela, but rather the content of her report.