Thuli Madonsela sticks to her guns: Zuma must pay

By Drum Digital
04 August 2015

The public protector stands by her conclusion that Zuma should pay back some of the money spent on upgrading Nkandla.

According to a report by Times Live, Thuli Madonsela maintained that President Zuma was financially liable for the non-security features that formed a large part of the construction of his Nkandla residence.

"I must indicate that my team and I are concerned that the safety valve an office such as ours is meant to provide by giving people a voice, and the state better ears, is being eroded," she said.

Madonsela is reported to have refuted Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's report which exonerated President Jacob Zuma of liability for the security upgrades when she addressed the media on Monday.

She said that Nhleko had no legal basis to review her findings or reinvestigate a matter that a Chapter 9 institution had already reached a decision on.

She said Nhleko "who exercises delegated authority, at the pleasure of the president, who is the sole repository for executive authority, cannot under the Executive Members' Ethics Act account to parliament on behalf of the president".

The proper protocol, in terms of section 3 of the Executive Members' Ethics Act, would be for Zuma to evaluate her report and give his full intentions regarding Madonsela’s report , Times Live said.

Madonsela wondered what former president Nelson Mandela would have made of "this bizarre turn of events, considering that he once said 'even the most benevolent of governments were made up of people with all the propensities of human feelings'."

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