Nkandla: DA calls for Mthethwa's dismissal

The DA has accused the ANC of using Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega as a scapegoat.

FILE: The Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the ANC is using Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega as a scapegoat in the Nkandla saga and covering up for Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

The opposition party has now called for Mthethwa to also be dismissed and not Phiyega alone.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's investigation found that President Jacob Zuma and his family benefitted improperly from the R246 million upgrades at the Nkandla homestead.

Her findings also implicated Mthethwa and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi.

The DA has laid criminal charges against Zuma after the release of the public protector's findings into his Nkandla home.

The party's Dianne Kohler-Barnard says they remain committed to bringing to book government officials implicated in the debacle.

"All the government officials involved in this Nkandla debacle must be brought to book."

Madonsela released her report on Wednesday and found that Zuma and his immediate family benefitted improperly from the security upgrades.

Madonsela also said government dismally failed to manage service providers and prevent project costs from rocketing from R27 million to the current figure of R246 million.