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Madonsela: Nkandla findings to be corrected

Madonsela: Nkandla findings to be corrected

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is expected to correct certain misstatements and determinations contained in her Nkandla report, after being accused by African National Congress (ANC) members of lying about the true costs of upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s private home.

Last Thursday, a request by opposition parties to have Madonsela appear before Parliament’s ad-hoc committee on Nkandla was blocked by the ruling party after MP, Mathole Motshekga, stated that her Secure in Comfort report incorrectly portrayed the R246-million security enhancements to the nation.

He also added that the party would only consider the findings of Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, which cleared Zuma of paying back a portion of the money spent as originally indicated by Madonsela.

“We should not, and cannot, apologise when we say the report of the public protector is misleading and has misled the nation,” Motshekga said.

In a statement, Madonsela’s spokesperson, Kgalalelo Masibi, said the accusations and subsequent corrections will be explained at a briefing later today.

“The Public Protector is of the view that, left uncorrected, the misstatements and distortions have a potential to undermine and erode public confidence in her office, an important independent institution charged with strengthening the country’s constitutional democracy through public accountability,” Masibi said.