ANC briefing on Nkandla - as it happened

2013-12-03 13:52


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The ANC is set to wade even further into the Nkandla saga with an urgent news conference on Tuesday headed by party secretary general Gwede Mantashe. The conference is set to start at 14:00 but we know how these things go...

The conference will take place at the ANC's Johannesburg headquarters, Luthuli House.

On Friday, the party called for restraint and caution until Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her report on Nkandla. This comes after a Mail & Guardian article that published details from Madonsela’s provisional report.

In the report Madonsela calls for President Jacob Zuma to appear before Parliament for violating the executive ethics code on two counts.

These were for failing to protect state resources, and misleading Parliament for suggesting he and his family had paid for all non-security-related features.

One of the key allegations listed in the report stated that costs escalated from an initial R27m to R215m, with a further R31m in works outstanding.

A petition has also been started to get Zuma to resign and to have him prosecuted.

15:24 - So yes, it looks like that is that. News conference done. 

15:22 - 

15:19 - It looks like the news conference is wrapping up. Pleasantly surprised by the ANC's punctuality this time round. 

15:18 - 

15:16 - 

15:13 - Mantashe:-The ANC NEC won't discuss the Nkandla report at its meeting this weekend. We will only discuss once final report is out.

15:11 - Mantashe: Parliament has its own rules(if Zuma was kicked out of Parliament for lying)

15:09 - Mantashe: Public Protector's office must be reputable, respected, because it does its work properly.

15:05 - Mantashe: What worries us is the behaviour that seeks to hype the report to the public. Madonsela must do her work, not make hype.

15:03 - Duarte: We are unhappy there is a pattern that emerges each time with a report. There is a media hype.

15:01 - Duarte: We said in our statement that we are disappointed in the protector's office. We're not pointing fingers or emotions.

14:56 - 

14:52 - Mantashe: I recently put security in my house in Boksburg, I paid for it. I benefit. If state puts it there for me, I benefit

14:50 - Mantashe: Is the protector's report about security features or is it about elections? This thing is being used as an election matter.

14:49 - Mantashe: ANC doesn't instruct ministers. They sit on NEC, and once ministers they become cabinet, does not report to Luthuli House.

14:48 - Mantashe: All we are saying is release your report and get the facts, not be thrown by universal number 200 so and so

14:47 - Mantashe: If something is bad for Zuma, it's bad for the ANC. We can't run away from that. Release the report, and get the facts.

14:46 - Mantashe: Police or whatever institution should not be seen to play political games. We expect [Madonsela] to release the final report as soon as possible.

14:44 - On Zwelinzima Vavi matter, Mantashe says: I said pursue Vavi if u want, but if the price you pay is a split of federation, it is not worth it, or in the ANC's interest.

14:42 - Mantashe- confirms that all six officials, including Zuma, were present at the 3-day officials' meeting of ANC.

14:39 - Duarte: And we should put this question out in the open: who else did the PP give her report to?

14:38 - Duarte: When something of that nature is leaked you go ballistic, you don't make polite statements. Madonsela seems comfortable with the leak.

14:38 - Duarte asks why only snippets are released and not the whole report.

14:37 - Duarte: We have noticed this issue of leaks from the protector's office, it is a pattern, and she has the same excuse all the time.

14:36 - Duarte: We have noticed a pattern of leaks on the issue (Nkandla).

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14:32 - 

14:31 - 

14:30 - Mantashe: No talk about a special congress. If NEC member wants to propose issue for discussion, they must tell the secretary general to put it on the agenda.

14:29 - 

14:27 - 

14:26 - Mantashe: We are asking the questions to the Public Protector and inter ministerial task team. Zuma didn't conduct investigation.

14:26 - Mantashe: Architect will design what principle instructs him to design. He won't decide for himself whether to make window bulletproof

14:25 - 

14:23 - Jesse Duarte explains how ANC knows the leak is from Madonsela's office - "Madonsela said she will put in place measures to prevent future leaks from her, and we take that to mean leak came from her."

14:18 - Jackson Mthembu now taking questions from reporters.

14:18 - Mantashe: The delay in the release of the report is a political game, to feed into the elections.

14:17 - Mantashe- for this reason the ANC wants the final report, not leaked snippets, released to the public, otherwise will fester and amount to politicking.

14:16 - Mantashe: Protector said people will be disappointed. She also accused the ANC of being quiet when she said previously the report will exonerate Zuma.

14:14 - Mantashe: How do upgrades compare to upgrades of the homes of former president? We are concerned about Madonsela's behaviour.

14:14 -  Mantashe: Did Zuma ask for swimming pool, moving of tuck shop, did he ask for bulletproof windows. If not, who asked for it

14:13 - Mantashe: First question, did Zuma request security upgrades in his homestead? Two. Did he spend more than R200m on the home?

14:12 - Mantashe: We want full clarity on some matter from Madonsela's office.

14:12 - Mantashe - Parliament's joint standing committee report has been released. We call for the full (government) report to be released to ANC.

14:10 - Mantashe: These leaks are about misleading aspersions on the president of the ANC (Zuma).

14:10 - Mantashe: Top ANC leaders are worried about "leakage of extracts of provisional" Nkandla report.

14:09 - Mantashe: We are worried at the leaked Nkandla report from the Public Protector, it starts a debate on certain facts.

14:08 - What we've been waiting for, Mantashe moves on to Madonsela's report...

14:08 - National officials met over two days to review the work of the organization in preparation for the NEC meeting

14:07 - Mantashe: National List Conference part of the usual process.

14:06 - Mantashe: Meetings planned for NEC at the end of the week is an ordinary meeting, followed by list conference.

14:05 - Mantashe has started speaking at the briefing. Talking about the NEC meeting.

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