Will ANC encourage Zuma to pay back Nkandla money?

2014-03-20 12:27

The ANC’s national executive committee may discuss Nkandla at its meeting next week following the release of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has said.

“We have a scheduled meeting next week ... obviously we may talk about the issue [Nkandla].”

Mantashe said the ANC needed to decide if it would encourage Zuma to follow Madonsela’s recommendation to pay back some of the money.

“The Public Protector said the president must pay a reasonable percentage ... and the question is whether we will encourage him to do so,” said Mantashe.

Mantashe said the ANC wouldn’t apologise for the findings of the Nkandla report.

“If there is a need for an apology, it can’t be the ANC. If need be, it can be from the president or it may be by the relevant ministers,” Mantashe told reporters in Joburg today.

“The ANC does not have a house called Nkandla. It has a house called Chief Albert Luthuli.”

Also, members of the public would not accept the apology because they would say it was a cover-up, said Mantashe.

He said the ANC would invite members of the media on a visit to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal.

ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte said ANC officials wanted to see the Nkandla upgrades for themselves.

Madonsela released her report on costly security upgrades at Nkandla yesterday, saying Zuma should have asked questions about the scale, costs and affordability of security upgrades, which could end up exceeding R240 million.

She found that Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from the upgrades.

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