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Nkandla report: Govt cluster asks for clarity

The cluster issued a statement this morning saying it had now studied the full 430-page document.

The Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

JOHANNESBURG - Government's security cluster has sent Public Protector Thuli Madonsela a letter requesting clarity on aspects of the controversial Nkandla report.

The cluster issued a statement this morning saying it had now studied the full 430-page document.

Government's Phumla Williams says, "For them to take action on some of the recommendations there was a need for the security clusters, in studying the report, to try and get clarity in some areas where the findings seem to be confusing."

Madonsela's report found that President Jacob Zuma benefitted unduly from the near R250 million upgrades at his private KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

It also found he violated the executive ethics code and must account to Parliament and pay back some of the money.

The security cluster says that to discuss exactly what aspects of the report it needs clarity on would be disrespectful to the office of the Public Protector.

But Williams says these are crucial issues if the findings are to be implemented.

"We will be awaiting the response of the Public Protector and thereafter we will further study the report."

It's also emerged today that Parliamentary Speaker Max Sisulu is now considering establishing an ad hoc committee to investigate the Nkandla scandal.

NKANDLA SMS

On Friday a high court judge ruled that the Democratic Alliance (DA) was justified in accusing Zuma of stealing public money, given the findings of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report.

Read the court's full judgement here.

The ANC is appealing this judgment.

ANC CAMPAIGNS IN NKANDLA

Meanwhile, ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize claims that not a single Nkandla resident he spoke to while campaigning in the area asked about the scandal involving the president's home.

Mkhize spent yesterday in Nkandla distributing pamphlets and T-shirts and speaking to locals.