DA tears into Nhleko’s Nkandla report

2015-06-01 20:05
(Nardus Engelbrecht, AFP)

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Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance has fired another salvo in the battle over the security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence, saying that the report by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko should “not be considered’’. 

Its lawyers have written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, and Nhleko arguing that the report by the latter last week on Zuma was “factually incorrect, irrational and unconstitutional’’ and should not have been tabled. 

In the letter, the party’s lawyer Elzanne Jonker told both the minister and the Speaker that the report is “unconstitutional and invalid, for want of rationality”. 

The “factual basis of the report is incorrect and the report is biased in the sense that a member of Cabinet may not recommend or seek to substitute his own conclusions for a determination made by the Public Protector where her judgment has been bona fide expressed and where she has honestly and duly applied herself to a question which is within her power to determine,’’ said Jonker. 

She said that the DA believed Parliament should not consider the report as it was “irrational and unconstitutional’’. 

Jonker also asked Nhleko to provide her with all the source documents used in making his determination and compiling the report, which found that the head of state was not liable to pay a cent back from the more than R250m spent on the project. He should also provide her with reasons if he were unable to provide the information or access to it. 

Nhleko found that features including the fire pool, visitors centre and cattle kraal had to be paid for by the taxpayer as they impacted on Zuma’s security, despite Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s finding that Zuma had benefitted unfairly from the upgrade and should repay some of the money. 

Madonsela’s spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe, told City Press on Monday that she had not yet written to the president about the report.

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