Zuma should be charged for corruption - Malema

By Drum Digital
25 September 2014

"The president is involved in the looting of money of our people," Julius Malema said.

President Jacob Zuma should face criminal prosecution for corruption over the misspending of state funds at Nkandla, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said today.

"The president is involved in the looting of money of our people," he said.

 He was speaking during an intervention to Parliament's ad hoc committee which is considering the findings of three investigations into the controversy.

"The president must take full responsibility because he willingly took part in this corruption and as result he must be charged," Malema argued.

He said this after opposition parties submitted that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on Zuma's private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal carried more weight than the other two, compiled by the Special Investigating Unit and a ministerial task team.

Madonsela was the only independent authority to probe the  R246 million project while the other investigations were undertaken by people who report to the executive.

The African National Congress argued that all three reports should be considered jointly with a focus on commonalities between their findings.

EFF leader Julius Malema conceded on behalf of the opposition, saying "let's consider them all".

The DA argued the committee was duty-bound to ensure president Zuma heeded Madonsela's recommendations - that he reimburse the state for luxuries added to his home that had nothing to do with improving security measures.

The party's James Selfe called on the committee to obtain Zuma's replies to questions from Madonsela and the SIU.

The president's office this week declined to comment on a media report that he delayed the finalisation of the SIU's probe and only responded to the unit's questions on Nkandla after he was put on terms.

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