Sizani: ANC wanted Zuma to pay back Nkandla money

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 4, 2016

Former African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip Stone Sizani has said the ruling party always wanted President Jacob Zuma to pay back a portion of the R246-million spent on security upgrades at his Nkandla residence.

According to reports, Sizani, who announced his surprise resignation earlier this week to take up the position of ambassador to Germany, told the Mail and Guardian that the ruling party supported the findings of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Secure in Comfort report, and that a number of ANC members had distanced themselves from the controversial report tabled by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko.

“When we tabled a report to Parliament and it is public property, everybody knows that is our position. Why would anybody go against that? Why”, Sizani was quoted as saying.

“There was no two ways about this. If you disagreed with the public protector, you needed to take her report for a review”.

He also dismissed speculation by opposition parties that his re-deployment was related to Zuma’s confession in the Constitutional Court last month, that Madonsela’s findings were not only binding, but that Nhleko’s report holds no value.