Officials implicated in Nkandla upgrade must fry – NEC

2014-01-09 17:30

The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) wants government officials who are implicated by the probes into the refurbishment of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead to fry, and looks set to defend its embattled president.

The party said it would not be hunting for some “imaginary political principals” behind the project that the report doesn’t mention.

Speaking in Mpumalanga today, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the meeting of the party’s top leadership had accepted the interministerial report, drafted by a team led by Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, as “a factual representation of what had transpired in the course of the state fulfilling its responsibility to ensure the security and protection of the president”.

The NEC had also called for the implementation of the report’s recommendations.

“Amongst these recommendations is that anybody who is guilty of having received monies wrongfully during the security upgrades project must be pursued criminally and all monies misappropriated must be recouped from the civil servants and contractors.

“Those who believe that they are scapegoats because they will want to say they acted on the directive of certain principals have a responsibility to disclose who those political principals are,” he said.

The report will be distributed to all the party’s structures.

The party also expected a similar outcome from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela because both reports draw from the same “set of facts”.

Mantashe also said the ANC was not planning to change the country’s Constitution and defended Zuma’s remarks yesterday that the party wants a bigger majority to change the Constitution and fix certain things.

Mantashe suggested that Zuma was merely stating an intention, rather than a fact.

“The ANC is not sitting somewhere in the corner wanting to change the Constitution.

“Up to now, that Constitution has been amended 18 times. Nobody noticed it. Amending the Constitution to enable the government to work is normal. When you have a two-thirds majority, that exercise is easier. When you don’t have it, you have to lobby other parties to support that amendment.

“So I don’t think we are sitting here and planning to go for the Constitution, change it, amend it and bring something new. Our Constitution is a good constitution by the way,” Mantashe said.

He said it was the opposition parties that were planning to change the Constitution to reform the electoral system.

“That’s not how the ANC works.”

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