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Parliament receives Nkandla response

National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu will now have to determine the way forward.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma . Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament on Wednesday confirmed it received a copy of President Jacob Zuma's response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report.

National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu will now have to determine the way forward.

The president's response to the document will be made public, Parliament confirmed in a statement.

It will appear in the parliamentary information sheet, known as the Announcements, Tabling and Committee Reports (ATC).

Sisulu is expected to consult with chief whips from various parties before deciding on what committee he'll refer the matter to.

Video: Madonsela releases her finalised report.

Madonsela's report, released in Pretoria on 19 March, found Zuma improperly benefitted from the R246 million upgrades to his private Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal.

She also found he violated the executive ethics code and ordered he pay back a percentage of the costs for non-security upgrades.

Zuma said in public that he didn't ask for the upgrades and would not pay any of the money back to the state.

He also said criminal charges laid against him by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) would not stick.

Speaking on the campaign trail in the Southern Cape on Wednesday, DA leader Helen Zille once again touched on the Nkandla issue.

Zille described Zuma's homestead as a "spectacular golf estate which stretches over three hills."

She accused the president of using a democratic system to become a "paramount chief".

Video: Nkandla explained.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Presidency revealed Zuma submitted his response to Parliament.

The president decided to wait for a separate report on Nkandla by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) before giving further submissions to the National Assembly, presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

Zuma intends using information from the three reports, including the inter-ministerial task team document compiled by government, before taking further steps.

"When that reaches his hands, he will be able to look at all three of them and report back to Parliament in full as to what actions he's taking," Maharaj said.

The spokesperson said they complied with the law.

"We have fulfilled those requirements of reporting to Parliament and to the public, and we will continue to do so."

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