Nkandla report: Unclear if action will be taken

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says Thuli Madonsela's report won't have repercussions for Jacob Zuma.

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says Thuli Madonsela's report won't have repercussions for Jacob Zuma. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The fallout from the damning Nkandla report will continue this week, with threats by opposition parties to keep pushing for President Jacob Zuma's impeachment, a meeting of the ANC's top leaders due to take place, and possible clarity over whether a legal challenge will be launched.

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

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

The Democratic Alliance has already laid criminal charges against Zuma and launched a controversial election advertising campaign based on the Nkandla report.

It says it will today announce further steps it plans to take to make Zuma account for the millions spent on his home and for breaking the ethics code governing his office.

Over the weekend calls for Zuma to resign grew louder, as did concerns that the president would escape the scandal without facing any sanctions.

It also remains to be seen what, if anything, will happen to police chief Riah Phiyega after the ANC publically accused her of misleading it over the swimming pool built for Zuma and his family.

The report detailed how Zuma excessively benefitted from the R246 million security upgrades at his Nkandla residence.

Madonsela recommended that Zuma repay some of the money and also account to Parliament within two weeks.

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

It's still unclear if the ANC, in its first National Executive Committee meeting with the president since Madonsela released her report, will ask him to account for the spending

But independent political analyst Ralph Mathekga doesn't think Madonsela's report will have any repercussions for Zuma within the ANC.

"I think the meeting might be muted as if to take Zuma to task, but at the end of the day it's most likely that there will be some form of strategy meeting on how the party can weather the storm."

Special Investigating Unit head advocate Vas Soni told the _City Press _the unit's investigation into corruption and maladministration regarding the Nkandla security upgrades was already at an advanced stage.

Madonsela has recommended the SIU follow the money spent on Nkandla and investigate possible criminal acts.

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