Zuma submits Nkandla response

The president will now await a separate report on Nkandla before making further submissions to Parliament.

President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings, Pretoria, 29 November 2012. Picture: File.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has submitted his response to Parliament on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report, the Presidency confirmed on Wednesday.

He had until midnight to respond to the damning document.

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.

According to the Presidency, Zuma decided he would wait for a separate report on Nkandla by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) before giving further submissions to Parliament.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Zuma gave his written response to National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu a short while ago.

The president now has the inter-ministerial task team report and the pubic protector's report at hand, but will await the SIU report before taking further steps, the spokesperson confirmed.

"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."

Video: Madonsela releases her finalised report.

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.

Video: Nkandla explained.