Thuli Madonsela: Zuma misled Parliament, must pay

2014-03-19 12:47

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has found President Jacob Zuma misled Parliament when he claimed that the Zuma family had built their own houses at Nkandla.

However, Madonsela has found Zuma might have done so unintentionally.

The report, based on a two-year long investigation, found that the government had footed the bill for items such as Zuma’s private visitors' centre, the cattle kraal and chicken run, the swimming pool and the amphitheatre.

“The president and his family benefited from this,” says the report.

Madonsela also found that Zuma’s failure to take action to contain the costs – which are now conservatively estimated to have risen to R246 million – when the news broke in 2009, was a violation of the Executive Ethics’ Code and was inconsistent with Zuma’s position as a member of the Cabinet.

The report, entitled Secure in Comfort, also recommends that Zuma fork out a “reasonable percentage” of the costs, to be determined with the help of the National Treasury.

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