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Too late for ANC to change tune on Nkandla?

Jackson Mthembu reportedly told ANC MPs their decisions to back Jacob Zuma around Nkandla were a mistake.

YouTube screengrab of ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu.

JOHANNESBURG - As the African National Congress (ANC)'s Parliamentary Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says it was a spectacular own goal to refuse to implement the Public Protector's Nkandla report, questions are now being asked about whether the party is really changing the tune on the issue.

Yesterday, the Sunday Times reported that Mthembu had told ANC Members of Parliament (MPs) they needed to ask why they had come to that conclusion during their Lekgotla over the weekend.

The Constitutional Court said that decision was wrong and the remedial action of the Public Protector was binding.

It's understood Mthembu told ANC MPs their decisions to back President Jacob Zuma around Nkandla were a mistake and had damaged their credibility.

But political analyst professor Tinyiko Maluleke says it's simply too late to change their tune.

"For them to say or to change their opinion about what they did, in words alone, is for me rather superfluous and hollow because it's a little too late and this is too rich coming now."

He also says this doesn't mean a large group of ANC leaders are about to change their attitude to Zuma.