Zuma responds to Madonsela report over Nkandla
It was announced late on Thursday afternoon, that President Jacob Zuma has submitted his response to Parliament into the findings of security upgrades at his private Nkandla homestead.
Zuma’s spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, was quoted by the Times as saying that, “The report has been prepared with due consideration of the following reports -- the report of the joint standing committee on intelligence (JSCI), the report of the public protector titled "Secure in Comfort", and the progress report in terms of the Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act submitted by the head of the SIU”.
During March this year, Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, tabled her findings to Parliament that Zuma and his family had unlawfully benefitted from security upgrades at Nkandla worth R246 million.
She also ordered that the president give his response to Parliament within 14 days and pay back the money for non-essential security fittings, which included a swimming pool, kraal, amphitheatre and chicken run, among others, the latter matter now resting with Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko.
Zuma has denied the allegations and submitted a reply to Parliament in April, stating that he would only react to the report once a full-on investigation had been conducted by the Special Investigation’s Unit.
In an article posted by Beeld on Friday, Zuma stated that a framework exists in which upgrades, such as those at Nkandla, can be done legally, but that “certain aspects had been ignored and applied incorrectly”.
CAPTION: President Jacob Zuma speaking in Parliament. Image sourced from flickr.com