The Ad Hoc Committee on Police Minister’s Nkandla report has agreed to proceed with drafting of a report which the Committee will deliberate on next week Tuesday. The draft report will be circulated to Committee members for their input ahead of next week’s meeting.
This decision was taken after the majority of Committee members voted against a proposal to call the Public Protector and any other witnesses to appear before the Committee.
The primary mandate of the current Ad Hoc Committee, according to Committee Chairperson Mr Cedric Frolick, is based on a clear resolution of the National Assembly which stipulated the Ad Hoc Committee should consider the report of the Police Minister.
The Ad Hoc Committee received a briefing from the Police Minister on 21 July in Pietermaritzburg and then went on a site inspection of the President’s private residence in Nkandla on 22 July. The Committee deliberated on its observations of the Nkandla project against the Police Minister’s report on 23 July and this resulted in Committee members unanimously agreeing to call the Minister of Public Works to respond to some issues which pertained to his department as an implementing agent of government projects.
Committee members also agreed to recall the Police Minister to respond to outstanding concerns Committee members had. The two Ministers spent the whole day in Parliament on 29 July responding to questions from Committee members.
ISSUED BY PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE AD HOC COMMITTEE, MR CEDRIC FROLICK