Nkandla ad hoc committee dissecting draft report on spending

The ad hoc committee has until Friday to submit its report to Parliament.

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

CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament (MPs) on Parliament's ad hoc committee on Nkandla are going over their draft report on the spending debacle with a fine-tooth comb.

In her report released 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 private homestead in rural KwaZulu-Natal.

But the police minister tabled his own report in Parliament exonerating Zuma of any financial liability.

The ad-hoc committee has until Friday to submit its report to Parliament.

But MPs remain divided over the President's financial liability and the legitimacy of the police minister's report.

A 15-page draft report which was circulated to MPs last night does not contain the committee's findings and recommendations.

It is a summary of the committee's deliberations since its first meeting in June.

Ruling party MPs have quashed proposals by the opposition to allow the public protector to answer questions about her report in Parliament.

Madonsela has since expressed disappointment she wasn't given a chance to appear before the committee.