Deadline for Zuma on Nkandla

2014-07-16 00:00

CAPE TOWN — President Jacob Zuma must react by 5 pm today to the Nkandla report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. The president must give his written comments and recommended action to Parliament, after which it will probably be announced tomorrow morning when this document will be tabled.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj yesterday said from Brazil, where he and Zuma are attending a Brics meeting, that he would have to consult the president’s legal team to find out if Zuma’s reaction will be submitted on time.

James Selfe, chairperson of the DA’s federal executive, predicted Zuma will postpone his reaction until he has seen the final report by the Special Investigating Unit on the spending of taxpayers’ millions at the president’s private estate.

Head of the unit, advocate Vas Soni, last week said several government departments had delayed access to Nkandla by seven months. Soni yesterday told sister paper Beeld the unit will not be prosecuting officials for the delays despite being legally empowered to do so. He said the law determined the unit had to follow certain processes to gain access and although people took longer than what the investigating officers wanted, the delays did not constitute a crime.

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