No comment yet from Madonsela on Nkandla report

2015-05-28 16:34
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela at her offices in Pretoria. Picture: Leon Sadiki/City Press

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela at her offices in Pretoria. Picture: Leon Sadiki/City Press

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Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela does not want to comment immediately on Thursday's announcement that President Jacob Zuma does not have to pay back any of the state money spent on security upgrades to his private home in Nkandla.

Thursday's report was contrary to Madonsela's report ''Secure in Comfort'' released in March 2014, which found that he had to pay back a "reasonable" portion of the money spent on upgrades not related to security.

"We have agreed that today, we are not saying anything," her spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said.

Earlier Police Minister Nathi Nhleko cleared Zuma of any financial liability for a new cattle and goat kraal, a chicken coop, a cattle culvert, swimming pool, dubbed a "firepool", visitors' centre and ampitheatre, saying they were all strategic assets.

"Accordingly, the State President is therefore not liable to pay for any of the security features," said Nhleko after presenting the report to the media.

Nhleko said that, in fact, they found that more improvements were needed for the fire safety aspects and recommended a range of additional measures.

He said Zuma's privacy had been violated in an unprecedented way since allegations that tax payer money had been spent on non-security related aspects of the upgrades.

On Wednesday, Zuma spoke at length about Nkandla, saying the opposition was just fixating on it and that it was "just a house".

He was scheduled to go to Nigeria on Thursday for the inauguration of president-elect Muhammadu Buhari.

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