Nkandla ad-hoc committee MPs clash over findings

Opposition members are arguing for more time to finalise their input.

FILE: A group of about 30 journalists were taken on a guided tour through President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead on 26 July 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

CAPE TOWN - MPs on Parliament's ad-hoc committee on Nkandla have clashed over their findings and recommendations, with opposition members arguing for more time to finalise their input.

The committee was established in June to consider Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's report on the security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's homestead and has until tomorrow to submit its report.

Nhleko's findings contradicted Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's view that Zuma unduly benefited from the R246 million project.

African National Congress (ANC) and opposition MPs are divided over the legitimacy of Nhleko's report on the spending debacle and whether Zuma owes anything.

They want their respective positions reflected in the committee's report.

Democratic Alliance MP Glynnis Breytenbach said, "Of course we reach a point of divergent views which makes it quite difficult. The ANC is trying to steamroll their view and their recommendations, clearly within a view at the end to absolve the president and accept the report, which is something we're not going to do."

Inkatha Freedom Party MP Narend Singh says opposition parties can't simply accept the ANC's majority view.

"We're now being forced into a corner to either agree or disagree with those findings. We as opposition parties have made our own observations and we believe that we need time to list those observations down and then let the committee consider them."