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Nkandla ad hoc committee meets

Parliament - Opposition parties argued on Thursday that President Jacob Zuma and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela should appear before the ad hoc committee set up to consider his response to her findings on the Nkandla controversy.

The call was made as the special 12-member committee created by Parliament to consider the president's reply sat for the first time on Thursday.

President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home. File picture: Doctor Ngcobo. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

“I don't see why anybody would not want to come and respond to the allegations against them,” Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said.

“We hope people will be willing to accept an invitation, but this committee has the legal power to subpoena anybody.”

The committee is chaired by National Assembly house chairman Cedric Frolick and is due to finish its work by April 30.

It will only reconvene on Monday, making an exhaustive inquiry into Madonsela's findings regarding the R260 million spent on improvements at the president's home in Nkandla unlikely. - Sapa

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