Nkandla 'brigade' cleared: Report

By Drum Digital
04 April 2013

ANC members and police who prevented Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille from visiting President Jacob Zuma's compound will not be prosecuted, according to a report on Thursday.

KwaZulu-Natal acting director of prosecutions Moipone Noko found that the KwaNxamalala community had obtained permission to gather near the homestead, The Times reported.

"There was no offence committed by any of the members of the KwaNxamalala community as their gathering had been lawfully permitted by their traditional leader in terms of the KwaZulu-Natal Traditional Leadership and Governance Act 05 of 2005," Noko said.

The DA leader tried to march on Nkandla in November, but retreated after being threatened with violence.

Noko said the police should be commended for having handled the situation properly by ensuring the safety of all those at the scene on the day.

The DA disagreed with her finding and sought legal advice.

DA federal executive chairman James Selfe said the party would consider applying for a review of the decision.

-by Sapa

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