ANC condemns timing of Nkandla report

Gwede Mantashe says the report has had a major impact on campaigning ahead of elections.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe during a press briefing on the Nkandla report on 20 March 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the timing of the release of the Public Protector's Nkandla report is concerning.

Mantashe says it has had a major impact on campaigning ahead of the national elections.

He has spoken out about the report in which Thuli Madonsela found that President Jacob Zuma and his family improperly benefitted from the upgrades at his KwaZulu-Natal residence.

Mantashe says the ANC is today discussing the Public Protector's report when they should be doing door-to-door campaigning.

After studying the report, Mantashe concluded that both Madonsela and the inter-ministerial task team came to similar conclusions: that the state didn't spend money on the president's private dwellings, that Zuma had a bond and didn't mislead Parliament and that there was no political interference.

Mantashe says this incident must be used as a guide and the ANC strongly recommends a centralised tender process in all spheres of government.

Mantashe says anyone found guilty of maladministration will be brought to book, and this includes the president.

Meanwhile, the Presidency said the report would be used as an additional tool to address claims of maladministration.

Speaking to Talk Radio 702 this morning, the Presidency's Mac Maharaj said the Special Investigating Unit and an inter-ministerial task teams have been looking into the matter at Zuma's request.

Maharaj said Zuma would follow due process in responding to the report.

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