ANC calls for caution until Nkandla report is released

2013-11-30 05:00
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The ANC called on Friday for restraint and caution until Public Protector Thuli Madonsela releases her report on Nkandla.

"The process pertaining to the Nkandla report, as per the office of the public protector, is still to be released by her office," said the party's spokesperson, Jackson Mthembu.

What has been published has not been proven to be the report, and neither had it been verified by the office of the public protector, he said.

He called on all South Africans, particularly those commenting on the story, to exercise restraint and caution until the Madonsela released her report.

"Failure to do so will prejudice the process as outlined by the public protector and all involved stakeholders."

The security cluster ministers met Madonsela on Friday about the alleged leak of a purported provisional report on the Nkandla project, said government acting CEO Phumla Williams.

"In the meeting, advocate Thuli Madonsela committed herself to following the proper process of handling such reports," said Williams.

"The security cluster wishes to reiterate the integrity of government's own investigation into the Nkandla security upgrades.

"This investigation established, among other things, that no state funds had been spent on improving President Jacob Zuma's private houses at Nkandla," she said.

The Mail & Guardian reported on Friday that, according to a leaked copy of Madonsela's provisional report, Zuma received substantial personal benefits from the multi-million rand upgrade to his homestead.

‘Embezzlement’

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) called on Zuma to resign and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to press charges of corruption.

"[The] EFF reads Zuma's upgrade as an embezzlement of public funds for personal gain that amounts to the crime of corruption," said spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

"There should be no doubt that public funds have been knowingly used for personal gain... Zuma knew that he was using state resources, masquerading as a security upgrade, for his personal opulence."

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) called for a parallel investigation into Nkandla.

"The UDM is of the view that the SA Police Service and the Hawks must start familiarising themselves with dynamics of Nkandlagate so that a parallel investigation can take place whilst government is wrangling over the public protector report," said party leader Bantu Holomisa.

"One thing is clear: President Zuma has misled Parliament and the nation.

"Unfortunately, this person is not accountable to the electorate, but to Luthuli House, and the African National Congress must take responsibility for the actions of their deployee," he said.

Read more on:    anc  |  udm  |  eff  |  jacob zuma  |  bantu holomisa  |  nkandla upgrade

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