Mthethwa: No Nkandla regrets

The minister says the Nkandla report contains inaccuracies about some matters of security.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Monday said he had no regrets about classifying Nkandla as a National Key Point.

He also sidestepped questions about Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings against him.

Mthethwa, along with other senior ANC leaders, earlier said a comprehensive response to the report would still be give n by government.

Last week, Madonsela released her findings into how an estimated quarter of a billion rand was spent on President Jacob Zuma's private home in KwaZulu-Natal.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela releases the findings of her Nkandla report on 19 March 2014.

She ordered the president to account to Parliament, discipline his ministers and pay back a portion of the money spent on upgrades not linked to security.

Madonsela says the National Key Points Act was inexplicably dragged into the Nkandla project and was then never followed.

But the minister says Madonsela's findings contain inaccuracies about some matters of security.

"Standing where we are, we have no regrets."

Mthethwa also defended national police chief Riah Phiyega, who has been accused of misleading the ANC about the swimming pool built for Zuma and his family.

He says regardless of what happened, the initial security assessment called for a firepool.

It remains to be seen whether a court will be asked to review Madonsela's report.

A 2010 aerial view of Nkandla taken off Google Earth.

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

The report raised the anger of other parties, with the Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters laying criminal charges against the president last week.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula dismissed suggestions the ANC and government were trying to weaken institutions set up to fight public and private sector corruption.

"Any suggestion therefore that the ANC seeks to undermine these institutions is not matched by the record of the ANC and government's engagement with them."

The ruling party also distanced itself from scathing attacks launched by its youth league and Congress of South African Students against Madonsela.

Mapisa-Nqakula says those summoned to explain themselves to ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe should "shiver" and refrain from making what she considers to be sexist remarks.

EWN Video: Public Protector discusses the report at Wits University.

Click here to view the full Nkandla report.