DA slams 'shameless spin' by ANC to protect Zuma

2013-12-04 05:00
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Cape Town - The DA has called an ANC press conference, which was held at its Luthuli House headquarters on Tuesday, a "shameless spin" to protect President Jacob Zuma from being held accountable. 

The ANC on Tuesday called an urgent media briefing to address the issue of the Nkandla upgrade report. 

At the conference, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe called on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to release her final report on the security upgrade at Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

He said the ANC was worried about the leakage of extracts of the provisional report, and this created a dangerous trend, as the debate was not based on the final report.

The ANC also accused Madonsela’s office of leaking the report to the media.

Problematic

In a statement published on the DA website, the party's parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said: “It is clear that the ANC, like the ANCYL and the SACP before it, are actively engaged in a bid to de-legitimise the public protector’s investigation and report by latching onto the fact that the provisional report was leaked to the Mail & Guardian.”

Mazibuko said it was highly problematic that the ANC claimed that the public protector’s office leaked the report, without sufficient evidence to support this, and called for Mantashe to apologise to Madonsela.

"In fact, [ANC deputy secretary general] Jesse Duarte’s contribution to the press conference that the public protector has herself admitted to it, is bizarre and it is not reflected in any communication by her office to the media.

She accused the ANC of doing everything possible to bring into question the findings of Madonsela’s report before they are made public.

“This tactic will simply not work because South Africans want to know the truth about Nkandla. They are rightly angry that over R200m of hard-earned public money was spent on one man’s private residence – without so much as a single question being asked by Mr Zuma.”

The DA has welcomed the ANC’s call for the report to be made public.

Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  gwede mantashe  |  lindiwe mazibuko  |  jacob zuma  |  thuli madonsela  |  jesse duarte  |  johannesburg  |  nkandla upgrade  |  politics
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