Madonsela blasts “inaccurate” Nkandla report

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 30, 2015

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has fired back at Police Minister Nathi Nhleko following his findings that Jacob Zuma does not have to pay back the money spent on security upgrades at his private Nkandla.

In tabling his report on Thursday, Nhleko stated Zuma could not be expected to pay back a portion of the R246-million spent on the upgrades as per Madonsela’s Secure in Comfort report, as the additions of a swimming pool, cattle kraal, chicken run and private cinema were essential to the President’s safety.

Speaking in a statement, Madonsela said that the minister’s findings were riddled with “faults and inaccuracies” and that no indication regarding the “scope of his investigation or timeline had been given”.

“In any event, Minister Nhleko’s report does not attempt to review the Public Protector’s report. Instead, it makes random and sometimes adverse comments on isolated aspects of the report,” she said, adding the minister was never asked to comment on her report but only to determine the amount Zuma was liable to pay back.

“I don’t know what is the status of the report that was issued. Is it a new investigation? Is it a review? Because it doesn’t review any report, it just makes comments. I never asked him to do anything like that.”