The ANC set to respond - Nkandla report

By Drum Digital
19 December 2013

The ANC's Gwede Mantashe is expected to speak to the media following the release of a government’s inter-ministerial task team's report into Nkandla - in which it insisted the security upgrade at President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal was essential.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi told journalists the rural setting in Nkandla posed a security hazard.

"The violent history of this 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, such as receiving official delegations, necessitated major security upgrades."

Ministers of the justice, crime prevention, and security cluster flanked Nxesi as he released a task team's report on the Nkandla upgrade.

The report was expected to be released earlier in December but was postponed. Cabinet then ordered its release.

This comes after the ANC criticised Public Protector Thuli Madonsela over the timing of her report on construction work at Nkandla.

A few weeks ago the Mail&Guardian leaked Madonsela’s preliminary report in which she allegedly found that the president had misled Parliament.

National Union of Mineworkers secretary general Irvin Jim called for accountability should the apparently leaked report prove to be true.


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