Zuma meets Madonsela’s deadline on Nkandla

2014-04-02 15:49

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President Jacob Zuma has complied with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s instruction that he should submit a report to Parliament about his comments that the government had not paid for upgrades to his Nkandla residence.

Madonsela found that Zuma had unintentionally misled Parliament when he made the claim in the wake of the R246 million upgrade scandal in 2011.

Her investigation uncovered that the state had in fact paid millions for non-security items such as the cattle kraal and chicken run, the swimming pool, the amphitheatre and the visitor’s centre built by the state at the president’s private residence.

Madonsela had given Zuma 14 days to report to Parliament about this, and had also recommended that Zuma should pay back a reasonable portion of the costs.

The deadline for the report to Parliament was due to lapse at the end of today.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Zuma had submitted a “response” to National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu today.

Maharaj said Zuma was concerned about allegations of maladministration and impropriety in the Nkandla procurement, especially the inflation of costs.

“Noting that three state agencies or institutions, namely the Public Protector, the justice, crime prevention and security cluster of Cabinet and the Special Investigating Unit, have all inquired into the same subject matter, the president has decided that he will give a full and proper consideration to all the matters before him and, upon receipt of the Special Investigating Unit report, will provide Parliament with a further report on the decisive executive interventions that he would consider to be appropriate,” Maharaj said.

However, Zuma was less diplomatic on Sunday in Gugulethu, outside Cape Town, when he told residents that he would not fork out any money for the lavish upgrades as he had not asked for them.

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