NEC accepts Nkandla task team report

The ANC’s Gwede Mantashe says the party’s leadership trust a report clearing Zuma of wrongdoing.

President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Executive Committee (NEC) has accepted as fact the findings of the ministerial task team report on the security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday.

The document found the president did not personally benefit from the over R200 million upgrades to his private KwaZulu-Natal home.

But the report did suggest that overpricing may have taken place.

Mantashe says the NEC is worried about the amount of money spent on so-called security upgrades to the property.

"In the report, there's nothing that points to the president and his household benefiting but there are indications of inflated prices."

He says the NEC wants the recommendations of the task team to be implemented as quickly as possible.

"If they must pursue some of the people who have inflated the prices, we think that should be done urgently."

The committee also wants the report to be sent to the ANC's structures.

The Mail & Guardian newspaper last year published parts of what it said was Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's provisional report into the spending.

It showed the upgrades included a fire-pool, a tuck shop and a cattle culvert.

Mantashe also says they're eagerly awaiting the release of Madonseala's final report, saying they want it out as soon as possible.

The secretary general repeated his claim that if Madonsela is delaying, the party will assume it's because she wants to affect the result of the elections.