Nkandla ministers receive letters of reprimand


The Presidency has announced that letters of reprimand had been sent to the three ministers involved with the controversial upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla homestead.

Last month, the Constitutional Court ruled Zuma violated the Constitution by opting to ignore the remedial actions of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Secure in Comfort report on Nkandla, and that he must pay back a percentage of the R246-million spent on non-security upgrades with the final amount to be determined by National Treasury.

In passing the court’s verdict, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng also stated that Zuma take action against the ministers who had given the green light for the upgrades’ implementation.

Speaking in a statement, Presidency spokesperson Bongani Majola said the officials implicated include Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, former Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, and former Deputy Public Works Minister turned South African High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Geof Doidge.

“An Inter-Departmental Committee has been established by the Presidency to update the 2003 Cabinet Policy and to draft clear standards on the security measures that can be taken, the reasonable cost that can be incurred by the state and the conditions subject to which current and former Presidents and Deputy Presidents would qualify for such measures,” Majola said.