Nkandla report slated for release this evening

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 27, 2015

Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko, has reportedly confirmed that the handing over of his report into the upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla home, will take place in Parliament at 19h00 tonight.

According to Eyewitness News, the near-on 50 page report is said to go into great detail about the R246-million security upgrades, which also included a swimming pool, chicken run, cattle kraal and private cinema.

Speaking during Zuma’s budget speech yesterday, Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader Mmusi Maimane said that the debacle reflects “conspicuous consumption” in its worst form, and that the President appears to show no regard for his actions.

“He has convinced himself that it is OK for the state to spend R250 million on his private home as if National Treasury is a bottomless pit of money; a fat piggy bank for his personal use,” Maimane said.

“This wanton waste of money is grossly unfair on the hard-pressed tax payers and the millions of poor, jobless and homeless people of this country”.

During his first questions and answers session in March since being interrupted by members of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF on August 21st last year, visibly angered Zuma accused opposition parties being obsessed with Nkandla and that he will only pay back the money as per Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report, when Nhleko’s report is tabled.