Nkandla report: Mantashe losing patience
The ANC secretary general says any further delays will be seen as a political plot.
JOHANNESBURG - Any delay in the release of the public protector's full Nkandla report can only be construed as a political plot, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday.
According to a report by the _ Mail & Guardian_ on Friday, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's provisional report showed President Jacob Zuma benefitted from over R200 million upgrades to his private home in KwaZulu-Natal.
The newspaper published sections of the report which indicated that a number of features on the property, including a swimming pool, cattle ranch and tuck shop, were paid for with state funds.
Madonsela reportedly recommended Zuma be called to account in Parliament to explain the "substantial personal benefit".
Mantashe now wants to see the entire report and he's not willing to wait.
"We are expecting her to release the final report and we are saying the sooner she does that, the better. If she keeps that report back until the eve of the elections, as the ANC, we will suspect that she is playing a political game.
"Any further postponement of the report's release allows this to fester in the public domain as we approach the election. This can only be construed as playing tactics and a political ploy."
The ruling party says it wanted to know who really decided to conduct the upgrades and who was in charge of the decisions around the project.
Mantashe says he's not sure whether Zuma even wanted the specific upgrades, which Madonsela's report highlighted as being irregular.
The secretary general was quick to distance himself when asked if Madonsela was working with other political forces.
"We've not made that determination. Actually, we appreciate the work done by the public protector."
Last month, government's security cluster went to court to try and stop the release of the report.