ANC to respond to Nkandla report

Thuli Madonsela called on Jacob Zuma to account to Parliament within two weeks.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela releases the findings about Nkandla upgrades in Pretoria on 19 March 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC is expected this morning to respond to the findings of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report, which found President Jacob Zuma and his family improperly benefited from upgrades at his KwaZulu-Natal residence.

Madonsela's two-year investigation painted a bleak picture of a project which was set to cost taxpayers R27 million, but which ballooned to an estimated R250 million due to a dismal failure to control spending.

Zuma has been called on by Madonsela to account to Parliament within two weeks and to pay back for the upgrades which had nothing to do with security.

"I'm requesting the president to reprimand the ministers involved for the appalling manner in which the Nkandla project was held."

Madonsela also found that Zuma failed to apply his mind to the laws governing security upgrades at his home.

"I believe the president should have asked questions regarding the scale, cost and affordability of the project. He should have asked whose ideas the measures were from and viewed them with suspicion."

ANC LIKELY TO DRAW COMPARISONS

The ANC is likely to compare Madonsela's report to the one done by an inter-ministerial task team and focus on the similarities.

The ruling party will also probably point out that Madonsela found that Zuma had made an honest mistake and didn't mean to mislead Parliament.

The ANC has tried to paint the Nkandla report as a political one, but the Public Protector denies this, saying it has nothing to do with the elections and the government is to blame for the delays in its release.

Questions remain about what action will be taken against the president's architect who earned R16,5 million from the project.

EWN video of the Nkandla report.

It's also emerged that what government claims is a firepool was at one stage of the project considered to be a public swimming pool for children living in villages around Nkandla.

JEFF RADEBE: SIU WILL REPORT BACK SOON

Meanwhile, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said the Special Investigating Unit (SIU)'s probe into the Nkandla saga is at an advanced stage.

Radebe said public works policy's been tightened up and that the SIU will be reporting back soon.

"This report will form the basis of for disciplinary action and criminal charges against all implicated individuals."

But he wouldn't be drawn on whether Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa should step down.

"Should those ministers resign? Let's wait until appropriate decisions are taken by Zuma.

Click here to view the full Nkandla report.

Video of Bruce Whitfield unpacking the Nkandla report.