Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's decision to ignore the
recommendations of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela undermines her office, the
DA said on Monday.
"The DA condemns in the strongest terms President Jacob
Zuma’s statement that he has done nothing wrong with respect to Nkandla and
won’t repay the money he has been instructed to by... Madonsela,"
parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said.
"This is an insult to every South African who has been
deprived because of the redirection of millions of rands to upgrade the
president’s private residence in KwaZulu-Natal."
The Democratic Alliance had asked its lawyers to consider
what steps could be taken to force Zuma to comply with the recommendations in
The report found that Zuma and his family improperly
benefited from the R246m security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead that
included a cattle kraal, a swimming pool and an amphitheatre.
Zuma 'can't absolve himself from
On Monday it was reported that Zuma told a crowd in
Gugulethu he would not repay the money because he did not ask for the upgrades.
He placed the blame on government officials.
"They did this without telling me," he told ANN7.
"So why should I pay for something I did not ask
Mazibuko said that Zuma could not absolve himself from
"If he didn’t ask for them [upgrades] then why did he
not intervene to stop them from taking place?" she asked.
Mazibuko said Parliament must investigate if he misled them,
and whether he should be removed from office.
"President Zuma cannot claim ignorance on this matter.
It is misleading and disingenuous, and Parliament... now has a duty to
investigate fully whether he misled the House and broke the law, and
consequently, whether he should be removed from office," she said.
"The DA will continue to do everything possible to
ensure all those responsible for this wrongdoing - including Zuma - are held to