Clarity sought on Nkandla report

2013-11-30 16:17
(Khaya Ngwenya, City Press)

(Khaya Ngwenya, City Press)

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Johannesburg - The Freedom Front Plus says it wants clarity from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on her findings related to President Jacob Zuma's homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

Some details of her report, which was allegedly leaked, were published by the Mail and Guardian on Friday.

"It is time that the allegations and denials surrounding the leaked Nkandla report are cleared in the interest of South Africa," FFPlus parliamentary leader Pieter Groenewald said.

'Very serious'

Groenewald said the party wanted to know if the leaked report was the one drafted by Madonsela.

"This issue, in which the country's head of state is being accused of fraud and corruption, is very serious," said Groenewald.

"This can only be resolved if [Madonsela] releases a proper and comprehensive report as soon as possible so that all may know the true state of affairs."

The Mail and Guardian reported that Madonsela's report revealed that Zuma had received substantial personal benefits from the multi-million rand upgrade to his Nkandla residence.

While government had stated the upgrades were essential for Zuma's security, the paper reported that Madonsela had found a swimming pool, visitors' centre, amphitheatre, cattle kraal, marquee area, extensive paving, and new houses for relatives included in the upgrade. Funds for the upgrade were reported to have been taken from taxpayers.

'Something fishy'

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said there was sufficient information on Nkandla to change the mindsets of voters.

"It is not necessary to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there is indeed something fishy about the development of the Nkandla," he said in a speech at the party's congress meeting in Khayelitsha on Saturday.

"The balance of probability is sufficient to convince voters that the African National Congress and their leader deserve to be punished for breaking their trust."

He called on the police, the Hawks and independent auditors to investigate the matter.

Read more on:    public protector  |  ff plus  |  udm  |  bantu holomisa  |  pieter groenewald  |  thuli madonsela  |  government spending  |  nkandla upgrade  |  politics  |  corruption

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