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Nkandla ad-hoc committee to meet as deadline looms

The committee has until Friday to submit its report, but MPs remain divided over Zuma’s financial liability.

Parliament’s ad-hoc committee in Nkandla where they conducted an in-loco inspection of President Jacob Zuma’s private home in rural KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's ad-hoc committee on Nkandla is scheduled to meet this afternoon just days to go before it must submit a final report to the Legislature.

Last year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found President Jacob Zuma unduly benefited from the non-security features which formed part of the R246 million project to upgrade his KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

Last week, African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPs) used their majority muscle to block proposals by opposition parties to call Madonsela and several other people to answer questions about the scandal.

The ad-hoc committee has until Friday to submit a report on the spending debacle, but MPs remain divided over the president's financial liability and the legitimacy of Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's findings.

Democratic Alliance Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said the ANC is trying to substitute the Public Protector's report with Nhleko's findings.

African Christian Democratic Party MP Steve Swart said Madonsela should have been given a chance to explain her report to Parliament.

The ANC, on the other hand, said the committee was not set up to consider the Public Protector's report, as it had already been dealt with by Parliament.

WATCH: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela called a media briefing at her offices in Pretoria to set the record straight on the Nkandla report.

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