Nkandla: Jacob Zuma’s 5-point response to Parliament

2014-08-14 17:24

President Jacob Zuma has submitted his response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on security upgrades to his private residence in Nkandla. There are five points worth noting in his response.

1.Police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko must “expedite” the review of the National Key Points Act currently under way, and report back to Cabinet.

2.Nhleko should report to Cabinet whether President Jacob Zuma is liable to contribute to the security upgrades, having regard to “legislation, past practices, culture and findings contained in the respective report”.

3.Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi should “urgently report to Cabinet on the review of protocols and procedures regarding procurement, expenditure and oversight applicable to prestige and related projects”.

4.Security cluster ministers and Nxesi should report to Cabinet about what their “clearly defined roles and responsibilities” are when dealing with the security of the president, deputy president and their predecessors when implementing Cabinet policy.

5.Cabinet should conduct a review of the 2003 Cabinet policy relating to the security of the president, his deputy and their predecessors “with the view to setting parameters for expenditure and implementation”.

Zuma also said he was satisfied with the progress the Special Investigating Unit was making as well as the court cases they were pursuing, as well as the departmental procedures.

He also said he was “satisfied that adequate steps have been taken by Parliament and the executive in reviewing the ethical codes applicable to members of Cabinet and of Parliament”.

Zuma’s actual response is in the last three pages of his 20-page report, which he made public this afternoon.

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