Thuli says Zuma must pay back the money

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will write to President Jacob Zuma to point out limitations in Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s Nkandla report, her office said on Friday.


She said she stood by her own report and wanted to ensure that Zuma was “placed in a position to make an informed decision not based on withheld or distorted information”.

On Thursday, while delivering the final report into the upgrades at the KwaZulu-Natal homestead, Nhleko told reporters in Cape Town that Zuma was not required to pay back any money spent on the upgrades.

Nhleko’s report was contrary to Madonsela’s report Secure in Comfort released in March 2014, which found that he had to pay back a “reasonable” portion of the money spent on upgrades not related to security.

Nhleko had cleared Zuma of any financial liability for a new cattle and goat kraal, a chicken coop, a cattle culvert, swimming pool, dubbed a “firepool”, visitors’ centre and ampitheatre, saying they were all strategic assets.

“Accordingly, the State President is therefore not liable to pay for any of the security features,” said Nhleko.

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Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the DA said that Nhleko’s determination that President Zuma is not liable for any of the lavish upgrades to his private residence at Nkandla is an insult to the South African people.

“The DA strongly condemns the rejection of the findings made by Public Protector, Adv Thuli Madonsela. In her report entitled “Secure in Comfort”, released in March last year, Adv Madonsela found that that the President must repay a fair portion back for unduly benefiting from this project”, added Maimane.

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