Johannesburg - The security cluster of ministers' call
for further clarity on the public protector's report on Nkandla implies they
are seeking a "scapegoat", DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko
said on Tuesday.
"The assertion made by the cluster... makes it clear
that they do not respect the findings of the office of the public protector and
are still scrambling to find a scapegoat for this gross abuse of public
funds," she said in a statement.
Earlier on Tuesday, the government communications and
information system (GCIS) said in a statement that the ministers had studied
the report on the costly security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private
Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, but they needed more information and
clarification from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.
The next step was for the office of the public protector
to respond, after which "we will be able to make a more informed decision
on the way forward".
Mazibuko said this was nothing more than a last-ditch
attempt to protect Zuma from being held accountable.
She said the cluster had had ample time to respond to
Madonsela on her report and claimed they tried to delay the report.
The report's release date was initially expected to be
around 9 February but Madonsela extended the deadline for responses at the
request of one of the parties.
The report was finally released on 19 March.
"... Advocate Madonsela has noted in her report that
she often had to apply pressure on the ministers to co-operate and submit their
responses timeously," Mazibuko said.
"To demand yet another opportunity for
'clarification' in this regard is a desperate attempt to distract from the now
imminent parliamentary process."
Mazibuko said the time had come for Parliament to
consider the matter and she had, from the outset, asked for a special ad hoc
committee to be formed to consider the report and investigate Zuma.
Last month, Madonsela released her final report on
security upgrades totalling R246m to Zuma's homestead.
She found that Zuma gave the nod to all the upgrades and
that he and his family unduly benefited from them.
Madonsela also found that Zuma breached the Executive
Members' Ethics Act.
She described the amount spent as unconscionable, and
recommended that Zuma pay back a percentage.