Mbete: Don’t interfere with a man’s kraal

The ANC national chair was referring to President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla residence.

She says the issue of a man’s kraal, or that of a family, is a holy space.

JOHANNESBURG - African tradition dictates that one does not interfere with a man's kraal, ANC National Chairperson Baleka Mbete said on Thursday.

She says the issue of a man's kraal, or that of a family, is a holy space.

Mbete was referring to President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla residence in KwaZulu-Natal while speaking in Cape Town earlier in the day.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the issue, which was released on 19 March, found the president improperly benefitted from the R246 million upgrades.

She further found Zuma violated the executive ethics code and ordered he reprimand ministers.

Madonsela also said Zuma pay back a portion of the money for non-security upgrades.

Mbete's comment drew a swift response on Twitter, with a spoof account suggesting it might now be possible to turn the water in the firepool into wine.

The ANC national chairperson said the ruling party was yet to take any decision on whether it would go to court to challenge Madonsela's findings.

She also defended the length of time it was taking the ANC to name members to sit on Parliament's ad-hoc committee on the matter.

The body has been tasked with scrutinising the report and Zuma's response to it.

National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu last week announced the establishment of the committee.

The body is expected to report back to Parliament by 30 April.