Jacob Zuma has responded to all Nkandla reports – presidency

2014-08-16 13:15

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President Jacob Zuma has responded to all reports regarding the security upgrades at his Nkandla private home, the presidency has said.

“The president regards all the investigations and reports into the upgrades as important,” his spokesperson Mac Maharaj said today.

“He has responded to the National Assembly, taking all the reports into account.”

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s office yesterday said Zuma had not yet responded to her report on the R246m in security upgrades to Nkandla.

“The document that is being disseminated does not respond to the Public Protector’s report and, in fact, in the document, it says this is not a comment on the Public Protector’s report,” spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said to Sapa at the time.

“That means a document that comments on the Public Protector’s report or indicates action taken or to be taken to implement remedial action in compliance with section 3(5) of the Executive Members Ethics Act must still be submitted to Parliament by the president.”

However, Maharaj said Zuma was taking all reports into account.

“The Presidency has noted statements attributed to the office of the Public Protector stating that President Jacob Zuma had not responded to the Public Protector’s report on the Nkandla security upgrades.”

He said Zuma’s response to the National Assembly took the joint standing committee on intelligence (JSCI) report, the Public Protector’s report, titled Secure in Comfort, and the Special Investigating Unit’s report into account.

Zuma submitted a response on the upgrades to his private home to Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete on Thursday.

In the response, Zuma requested ministers in the security cluster and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi to report to Parliament on their “clearly defined roles and responsibilities” when dealing with the president, the deputy president and their predecessors’ security when implementing cabinet policy.

Earlier this year, Madonsela found that Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from the R246m in upgrades and recommended that he pay back some of the money.

Zuma declined to respond to Madonsela’s report in full within the required fortnight and said instead, he would wait for the Special Investigating Unit’s findings on the upgrades.

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