Madonsela: “Police Minister’s report misses the point”

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 10, 2015

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has said that Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s findings into the upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla home, missed the point of her original report, as he failed to disclose the exacts details of whether the President truly benefitted from the R246-million security features.

“The error there is failure to act. The president acted unethically. So the minister has failed differently. All those props he had, had nothing to do with the fact of whether the benefits were permissible or lawful,” Madonsela told Eyewitness News.

In tabling his report two months ago, Nhleko stated that Zuma could not be expected to pay back a portion of the money recommended in Madonsela’s Secure in Comfort report, as the additions of a private cinema, cattle kraal, chicken coup and swimming pool, dubbed fire pool, were all essential security items.

It has meanwhile been reported that an application by Media24 to visit Nkandla accompanied by parliamentary committee members, had been rejected by National Assembly and Ad-hoc Committee Chairperson Cedric Frolick, as had no legal authority to grant the media access.