Presidents do not determine their security - Nhleko

2015-07-21 11:15
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg – Presidents and ministers do not determine the security at their homes, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko said on Tuesday.

They do not decide on the extent of their protection and how their homes should be secured, he told Parliament’s ad hoc committee on Nkandla, in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.

The committee, which includes members of the DA, FF Plus, NFP, and ACDP, is scheduled to visit President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla home on Wednesday. It is considering Nhleko’s report into the R246 million spent on so-called security upgrades at Nkandla.

In his report, released on May 28, Nhleko found that Zuma did not have to pay for any of the upgrades, including the swimming pool and cattle kraal, saying they were all for his security.

This contradicted the findings in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report, released in March 2014, in which she said Zuma should pay for non-security related features.

In his own report, Nhleko said the “firepool” would be used to fight fires and the animal enclosure kept livestock away from other security features.

“The question here is the security upgrades. We wanted to check where they emanated,” Nhleko said on Tuesday.

“If you were to do security upgrades in Nongoma, for example, the security upgrades would be different to Woodstock in Cape Town. The security threats are unique. In a rural area it won't make sense to have a three-metre-high wall, it just doesn't make sense,” he said.

He showed the committee photos of the homestead, with various areas outlined in different colours. He said the housing complex for SA National Defence Force members, which Madonsela had raised questions about, was not part of the upgrades.

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