Nkandla: Motlanthe urges Madonsela's recommendations
The ANC’s NEC is to discuss Thuli Madonsela’s report at a meeting this weekend in Cape Town.
CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has reportedly urged government to implement Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's recommendations in her Nkandla report.
Madonsela's report found that Zuma violated the Executive Ethics Code of South Africa and benefitted from the almost R250 million upgrades to his KwaZulu-Natal home.
She ordered Zuma to account to Parliament, discipline his ministers and pay back a portion of the money spent on upgrades not linked to security.
The ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) is meeting in the Mother City this weekend and Madonsela's report is expected to be discussed.
But the ANC's Keith Khoza won't confirm what's on the NEC's agenda.
Meanwhile, independent political analyst Daniel Silke says the ANC leadership must make sure heads roll in the wake of the Nkandla debacle.
However, Silke says scapegoats will likely take the fall.
"The ANC needs to show that it is committed to accountability and on that basis, it does need to find some individuals who acted erroneously on this issue and hold them to book. This would simply mean removing them from their existing positions, even if it is temporary, before the elections."
While the public protector's report set a clear deadline, there's no indication yet as to whether it will be met by the president.
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OPPOSITION TO USE NKANDLA AS ELECTION BOOST
Opposition parties are expected to use Madonsela's Nkandla report as ammunition in their respective election campaigns.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA), who laid separate criminal charges against Zuma, will be campaigning in the North West and Johannesburg this weekend.
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi accused Zuma of stealing from the poor, saying he doesn't deserve to spend his life outside a jail cell.
He says the president must first resign, then answer to criminal charges and finally give back the money owed to tax payers.
"He has stolen their resources by building that museum of corruption in Nkandla."
EFF leader Julius Malema will be campaigning for votes in the North West on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the DA's Helen Zille told residents on a campaign trail in Mpumalanga yesterday that the state of service delivery in South Africa is unacceptable.
"Dams are full in Mpumalanga but the water supply has ceased in many places. Money is not being spent on infrastructure."
Zille is expected to speak at a jobs rally in Doornfontein later this morning.