Nkandla: Will Zuma survive?

2013-12-01 06:00

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Purported leaks of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s provisional report into security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home have taken the ANC by surprise, but the party is set to fight back.

A source close to government’s security cluster said should Madonsela release her report now, government would contest its contents, item by item, in court.

The outcomes of the final report could be more favourable to Zuma than the leaked one.

A source close to Madonsela said there was a possibility that comments on the provisional report could persuade her to make changes, which means the final report could seem watered down. “In the public mind, this change of mind can be read as backtracking or watering down, which is very bad for the office,” the source said.

Should the final report indicate that Zuma lied to Parliament about not having known about the details of the upgrades, opposition parties could also move to impeach and finally unseat him. But given the ANC’s overwhelming majority, this is unlikely.

» Get City Press newspaper today for details of the three ways this could play out.

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