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Madonsela's Nkandla findings not binding - committee

By admin
31 October 2014

A draft report by the parliamentary committee on the Nkandla controversy has absolved President Jacob Zuma and concluded that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings against him on misspending on his private home were not binding.

A draft report by the parliamentary committee on the Nkandla controversy has absolved President Jacob Zuma and concluded that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings against him on misspending on his private home were not binding.

"The remedial action of the public protector is not binding," the document, discussed by the ANC-only committee, on Thursday states.

The report also states that contrary to arguments by the political opposition it was not necessary to call Zuma to answer questions on the so-called security upgrade at his home that spiralled to a cost of R246m project and has haunted him since he took office.

"There was not a need to call persons mentioned as the investigations extensively and exhaustively extracted information from political office bearers," it continued.

The draft report accepts damning findings by Madonsela, the Special Investigating Unit and an inter-ministerial team that the project flouted regulations, but lays no blame on Zuma.

It states firmly that "the President did not request the upgrade" at his Nkandla homestead and that the minister of safety and security approved neither the cost nor the design of the project.

-SAPA