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DA to “make the most” of Nkandla visit to discredit Nhleko’s report

By Charl Bosch - Jul 20, 2015
DA to “make the most” of Nkandla visit to discredit Nhleko’s report

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has indicated that will continue its participation in the ad-hoc committee on Nkandla, to denounce the findings contained in Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s report on the security upgrades at the private home of President Jacob Zuma.

In tabling his findings on May 29th, Nhleko stated that Zuma could not be expected to pay back a portion of the R246-million recommended in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Secure in Comfort report, as the additions of a private cinema, cattle kraal, chicken coup and swimming pool, dubbed fire pool, were all essential security items.

He also added that the various investigations had led to Zuma’s safety being compromised, and that a re-evaluation is needed for additional protection as well as the finishing of certain features left uncompleted.

“Our primary focus will be to challenge Minister Nhleko’s report on the grounds that it lacks legal standing and cannot invalidate the remedial actions ordered by the Public Protector,” DA leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

“The DA stands firmly behind the Public Protector’s Report and rejects any attempts to subvert her findings. If the President was unhappy with the Public Protector’s report, it is for him to take her remedial action. President Zuma is yet to launch such a legal challenge to have the Public Protector’s remedial action set aside. Its findings therefore stand”.

He also added that they continue to maintain that Nhleko’s report was merely done to “exonerate” Zuma as having benefitted from the upgrades, adding that the party will “make use of every opportunity” when parliamentary committee members visit Nkandla during a visit on Wednesday.

“In a fair society no individual should be above the law. We will not relent in our pursuit to see that President Zuma is held to account for what amounts to the theft of public funds at Nkandla,” Maimane said.