Madonsela: Zuma should report back in 14 days

2014-03-19 16:40

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has asked President Jacob Zuma to report back to Parliament within 14 days about his comments to the National Assembly that government did not foot the bill for upgrades at Nkandla.

Madonsela has found Zuma guilty of misleading Parliament when he made the claim in 2011 in the wake of the Nkandla scandal, although she found that Zuma might have done so unintentionally.

The Public Protector told journalists that the presidency said Zuma could not report back within this time as Madonsela had failed to conclude her investigation within 30 days. She countered that Zuma’s office took nine months to reply to the questions she had posed to it regarding the more than R200 million “security” upgrades to Zuma’s private homestead.

Madonsela appealed for more money for her office to carry out its duties. The Public Protector has over 40 000 cases before her.

The report has also recommended that Zuma should reprimand the ministers of public works and the police, Thulas Nxesi and Nathi Mthethwa, for their role in the Nkandla saga.

It also said Zuma must pay a portion of the costs of the project, in consultation with the Treasury.

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