Madonsela’s Nkandla report “flawed”


A KwaZulu-Natal-based law firm has lodged a complaint against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, stating that her report into the R246-million upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla residence was “riddled with flaws, inaccuracies and contradictions.”

The group, referring to themselves as the Concerned Lawyers and Educationists for Equality before the Law, submitted a letter to Parliament’s ad-hoc committee on Nkandla yesterday, accusing Madonsela of “damaging Zuma’s image as well as that of South Africa.”

They also allege that the report’s release date, March, was done on purpose as to benefit opposition parties during the May elections.

It has also since emerged that a second KwaZulu-Natal firm, Public Members’ Unit Team (PMUT), have written to Parliament and Madonsela’s office, saying that they would be willing to pay back the money on behalf of Zuma. The matter has since been referred to the committee, now comprising out of only six ANC members after the withdrawal of opposition parties.

Committee chairperson, Cedric Frolick, has responded to the application, saying that it will be considered at the committee’s final sitting next Thursday.

“With all respect and not undermining the public protector's work, we strongly believe that the president was not aware and (is) still not aware of how much exactly was supposed to be spent on his house at Nkandla regarding the security upgrade,” Frolick said.

“What this letter is essentially saying is that they have a major problem with the way that the public protector, according to them, is conducting her work and has conducted her work, and because of that they are laying a formal complaint against the public protector in Parliament.”

PMUT has called on Madonsela to determine the outstanding amount on Nkandla, and allow them to pay it on the president’s behalf.


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