ANC won't apologise for Nkandla

The party says if anyone should apologise, it should be President Jacob Zuma and the ministers involved.

The Nkandla residence.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says it's not up to the party to apologise for Nkandla, saying if anyone should apologise it should be President Jacob Zuma and the ministers involved.

Mantashe spoke out about the report in which Thuli Madonsela found Zuma and his family improperly benefitted from the upgrades at his KwaZulu-Natal residence.

The final cost of the residence is expected to be just under R250 million.

Mantashe says the ANC doesn't have a residence in Nkandla and therefore it's not up to the party to apologise.

Picture: EWN.

He has expressed concern about the negative publicity the Public Protector's report has had on the ANC ahead of the elections.

He says the timing of its release has had an impact on its election campaign.


Madonsela says her office can't be blamed for the delay in releasing the report and the blame lies firmly at government's door.

On Wednesday she said the Presidency took nine months to respond to her Nkandla investigation.

Madonsela says the president should have been keeping a close eye on the costs.

"It was clear nobody gave them an executive summary of the decision they were supposed to protest against."

The Public Protector revealed that she believes people were paid to protest against some of her earlier reports.

Picture: EWN.

Speaking to Talk Radio 702 this morning, Madonsela said those criticising her findings about the state of the South African Broadcasting Corporation seemed to not know what the report said.

Click here to view the full Nkandla report.

A 2010 aerial view of Nkandla taken off Google Earth.

The latest aerial view of Nkandla taken in August 2013 which was taken by an aerial mapping company using a hi-tech, high-altitude mapping aircraft.