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Govt remains mum on Nkandla

The Nkandla report implicated President Jacob Zuma and Ministers Thulas Nxesi and Nathi Mthethwa.

FILE: Government has remained quiet on its planned action against its employees and other officials fingered in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report. Picture: City Press.

JOHANNESBURG - Government has remained quiet on its planned action against its employees and other officials fingered in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the R246 million spending at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

Last week Madonsela released her much awaited report into security upgrades at Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal home and found he and his family improperly benefited and should repay a sum of the money spent.

The ANC is expected to meet with Zuma this week, but it's unclear if Madonsela's report will form part of the agenda.

But independent political analyst Ralph Mathekga says Zuma is unlikely to face any serious consequences from the ANC regarding Madonsela's findings.

"The party has been aware of the details of Nkandla in the past few months so I don't think there will be any kind of radical action against the president about that. That meeting will most likely turn into some sort of strategising on how the party can weather this storm."

While the government remains silent on what measure it plans to take against officials implicated in the Nkandla report, various opposition parties have taken legal steps against Zuma.

The Africa Unite Party (AUP) is the latest party to call for the president to be prosecuted after both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) laid criminal charges against him.

The Congress of the People (Cope) Youth Movement has also called for the immediate removal of President Zuma from office, his cabinet ministers Thulas Nxesi, Nathi Mthethwa and other government officials implicated in the Nkandla report.

The movement says the ANC should recall Zuma the same way former president Thabo Mbeki was recalled from office in 2008 in order to save the country further embarrassment.

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