It was not Zuma’s intention to mislead – Thuli Madonsela

2014-03-19 17:07

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela insists that President Jacob Zuma did not intentionally mislead Parliament about construction at his homestead.

Zuma told Parliament that he had built the houses by raising a bond.

However, Madonsela’s investigation found that the state paid for some of the structures built, including the chicken run, visitors’ centre, swimming pool and the amphitheatre.

Madonsela said she had considered Zuma’s state of mind and found that he genuinely did not understand that those structures were also considered “buildings”, and might have been misled by the security cluster ministers who continued to insist that the state had built no house for Zuma.

Madonsela met Zuma without his representatives last year and left him with a list of questions to answer because she did not think it was proper to interview him.

“It’s an issue of language. He claims he didn’t understand at the time that government structures constituted buildings for him,” she said.

She has since recommended that Zuma pay a “reasonable” percentage of the costs of the upgrade.

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