Public Works: No attempt to stop Madonsela’s Nkandla probe

2013-09-09 08:23

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The department of public works has rejected allegations that Cabinet ministers tried to pursue Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to drop her investigation into the upgrade of Nkandla.

“My officials and other ministers have met the Public Protector to discuss issues pertaining to her investigation. These meetings had nothing to do with these sensational claims of trying to stop the investigation.” said Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi.

Nxesi said his department would cooperate with the Public Protector.

The Sunday Times reported that Madonsela had been pressured by Cabinet ministers to drop her investigation into President Jacob Zuma’s R208 million upgrade of his private Nkandla estate.

The newspaper reported that Madonsela held two separate meetings with members of Zuma’s Cabinet. Madonsela’s spokesperson, Kgalalelo Masibi, confirmed that there was a meeting.

“There has been a meeting, but we cannot disclose the contents of that meeting,” she said.

Masibi said the Nkandla investigation was still ongoing.

DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said she would be posing a parliamentary question to Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele to ascertain whether it was true they attempted to strong-arm Madonsela into dropping her investigation.

“Ministers are bound by parliamentary rules that prevent them from misleading the House,” said Mazibuko.

She said no amount of political influence should stand in the way of getting to the bottom of this R200 million abuse of public money.

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