‘Authorities can’t ignore Nkandla report’

2014-03-19 17:01

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has warned authorities not to ignore her damning report on the security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

Concluding a marathon press conference at her offices in Pretoria this afternoon, Madonsela said: “Only if I was irrational can my findings be ignored.”

She added, however, that even that would require a review by a court of law.

She also quoted a Constitutional Court judgment in the case of Khumalo and others versus the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for education, which said public authorities had the duty to act if irregularities were brought to their attention.

In fact, she said if the authorities had acted when their attention was drawn to these irregularities by the media, it would have saved citizens all the money that was subsequently spent.

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