Nathi Nhleko, Jeff Radebe differ on Nkandla progress report

2014-09-04 15:31

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko and Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe don’t seem to be singing from the same hymn sheet on the process to determine if President Jacob Zuma should pay back some of the money spent on upgrading his private homestead in Nkandla.

Radebe today said Nhleko had begun the process.

“The minister has started the process. I am not sure at what point he is,” Radebe told the media at a post-Cabinet briefing in Parliament.

However, Nhleko had earlier said he would not proceed pending the outcome of the newly established ad hoc committee that was set up by Parliament to probe the spending at Nkandla.

“The report of the president is currently in the hands of Parliament,” said Nhleko.

“Only after Parliament completes the process and accepts a resolution over the report will I investigate the Nkandla matter in terms of the police portfolio.”

When questioned about Nhleko’s comments, Radebe said: “There are two processes … the details about how they do their work should be asked from them [Nhleko and Parliament].”

In Zuma’s reply to the public protector’s report, he recommended that the new police minister should “report to Cabinet on a determination to whether the President is liable for any contribution in respect of the security upgrades”.

Zuma also recommended that Cabinet conduct a review of the policy relating to security of the president.

In the report, Secure in Comfort, released in March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma and his family unduly benefited from the upgrades and recommended that he repay some of the money.

Nhleko's spokesperson Musa Zondi confirmed late today that the Minister would await the outcome of the ad hoc committee. "His process will begin once the process in parliament has been finalised," he said.

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