Nkandla Parliamentary ad hoc committee a missed opportunity for the SANDF


It appears the Nkandla investigation currently in the process of (hopefully) being finalised by a Parliamentary ad hoc committee this week will leave even more questions unanswered about what has been a dominant topic in the national conversation for more years than most would care to remember.

Two of the political parties represented on the committee told defenceWeb the SA National Defence Force’s report on its own investigation into the Presidential homestead in northern KwaZulu-Natal did not feature at any time during the committee’s deliberations.

Steve Swart of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) said he had only seen comments made by the SANDF to “various investigating bodies including the Public Protector and the Special Investigating Unit”.

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) James Selfe responded in the negative when asked if the ad hoc committee had either asked for a copy of the SANDF investigation or been offered it by the military.

Earlier this week the Department of Defence also responded in the negative to a defenceWeb enquiry about the Nkandla sickbay and accommodation for SANDF members.

All three give the impression the military doesn’t want more information about Nkandla to be made public.

The SANDF could have polished its public image if it volunteered the report to the ad hoc committee. This would also have seen its approval rating improved in the National Assembly.

But it didn’t and it will leave the impression the South African military was somehow complicit in the scandal around the security and other upgrades to Nkandla.