Nkandla: Madonsela to respond to ANC
The ANC has demanded that Thuli Madonsela release her full and final Nkandla report as soon as possible.
JOHANNESBURG - The ANC says those who made the decisions regarding security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla residence should be the ones to explain them.
Yesterday, the ruling party accused Public Protector Thuli Madonsela of leaking a provisional report into the over R200 million upgrades to the media and demanded that she release her full and final Nkandla report as soon as possible.
The comments were made at an urgent briefing held at the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters.
Madonsela is due to respond this afternoon.
The Mail & Guardian on Friday published sections of the preliminary 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.
It recommended that President Jacob Zuma be called to account to Parliament for the "substantial personal benefit" at his Kwazulu-Natal homestead.
The interim report, which government's security cluster earlier tried to block, also said Zuma should pay the state back for all unnecessary expenditure.
Mantashe appeared to come close to declaring open warfare on Madonsela, saying there seemed to be a deliberate campaign to cast aspersions on Zuma by releasing just snippets of information.
He said he now wants to see the entire report and is not willing to wait.
"We're putting it to the Public Protector and to the inter-ministerial task team. Both teams that conducted the investigations must give us answers."
The ANC's Jackson Mthembu says the real question is whether Zuma requested any of the features personally.
"In our view, those security experts that made those decisions should step up to the plate."
Madonsela now has a difficult choice to make.
If she releases a final report now, she could be accused of rushing it and of giving in to the ANC.
If she delays, the party is likely to increase its attacks on her.
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