Nxesi: Zuma homestead, family attacked 3 times

2013-12-19 12:11

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Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi today said that the Zuma homestead and family members of President Jacob Zuma have been attacked on three separate occasions.

Nxesi was reading a statement which explains Cabinet’s decision to release an interministerial task team report on the security upgrades worth about R208 million.

“The violent history of this [Nkandla] area of KwaZulu-Natal, the fact that the Zuma homestead and family members had previously been attacked on three occasions, and the fact that the president has to conduct government functions ... necessitated major security upgrades at Nkandla,” said Nxesi.

Nxesi twice stressed that “President Zuma, I must emphasise, did not ask for security installations”.

He added: “No state funds were used to build the president’s private residence.”

The press conference is currently under way.

The justice, crime prevention and security cluster of Cabinet ministers today released the report of an interministerial committee, which clears Zuma of benefiting from any upgrades at his Nkandla home.

This task team report was tabled in Parliament in June and classified as “top secret”, with Nxesi saying it would compromise Zuma’s security if released.

In November, the interministerial committee released findings on the report, which stated that a high risk of “earthquakes”, high levels of rape and political assassinations were some of the factors that justified the R208 million of taxpayers’ money spent on upgrades at Nkandla.

But early in December, the weekly Mail & Guardian published contradictory findings from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s damning provisional report into the upgrades at Nkandla.

According to the newspaper, Madonsela’s provisional report recommends that Parliament call Zuma to account for failing to protect state resources and for misleading Parliament by telling it that his family, and not government, had built all the buildings.

Madonsela reportedly found that a swimming pool, visitors’ centre, amphitheatre, cattle kraal, marquee area, extensive paving and new houses for relocated relatives were improperly added at an “enormous cost” to the taxpayer.

Madonsela also found that Zuma’s architect had been appointed as Public Work’s principal agent at Zuma’s behest and that there was “uncontrolled creep” of the project’s scale after his appointment.

Following the publication of these allegations, the ANC accused the Madonsela of playing at politics and urged that the interministerial task team report be released.

Two days after the ANC’s call, Cabinet announced that it had ordered the release of the report.

The release had postponed to today by the death of former president Nelson Mandela.

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