‘Clarity needed on Nkandla report in interest of SA’

2013-11-30 16:23

The Freedom Front Plus says it wants clarity from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on her findings relating to President Jacob Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

Some details of her report, which was allegedly leaked, were published by the Mail & Guardian yesterday.

“It is time the allegations and denials surrounding the leaked Nkandla report are cleared in the interest of South Africa,” Freedom Front Plus parliamentary leader Pieter Groenewald said in a statement.

Groenewald said the party wanted to know if the leaked report was the one drafted by Madonsela.

“This issue, in which the country’s head of state is being accused of fraud and corruption, is very serious,” he said.

“This can only be resolved if [Madonsela] releases a proper and comprehensive report as soon as possible so that all may know the true state of affairs.”

The Mail & Guardian reported that Madonsela’s report revealed that Zuma had received substantial personal benefits from the multi-million rand upgrade to his Nkandla residence.

Read: 5 things worth knowing about Madonsela's report

While government had stated the upgrades were essential for Zuma’s security, the paper reported that Madonsela had found a swimming pool, visitors’ centre, amphitheatre, cattle kraal, marquee area, extensive paving, and new houses for relatives included in the upgrade. Funds for the upgrade were reported to have been taken from taxpayers.

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said there was sufficient information on Nkandla to change the mindsets of voters.

“It is not necessary to prove beyond reasonable doubt that there is indeed something fishy about the development of Nkandla,” he said in a speech prepared for delivery at the party’s congress meeting in Khayelitsha today.

“The balance of probability is sufficient to convince voters that the African National Congress and their leader deserve to be punished for breaking their trust.”

He called on the police, the Hawks and independent auditors to investigate the matter.

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