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No decision by ANC on Nkandla report

Baleka Mbete says the ANC hasn't decided if it will challenge Thuli Madonsela's report.

President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete says the party has taken no decision yet on whether to challenge Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report in court.

Mbete said the party has also not yet decided on whether to act against Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa for his role in the multimillion rand upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla residence.

Madonsela found Mthethwa's conduct in declaring the homestead a national key point to be improper, amounting to maladministration.

Mbete said the ruling party agrees that the Nkandla upgrades had to be probed due to overspending in government, but she also suggested Madonsela went too far with some of the comments in her report on the scandal.

She said that in terms of African tradition, a man's kraal or that of his family is a holy space that shouldn't be interfered with.

Mbete also said the ruling party disagrees "very strongly" with Madonsela's finding that Zuma and his family benefitted unduly from the upgrades.

She also denied the Democratic Alliance's accusations that the party deliberately delayed the work of the Parliamentary committee meant to scrutinise the report by taking time to name its members.

Mbete said the committee would however have more to work on if it waited for Zuma's full response which he's pledged to deliver after receiving the Special Investigating Unit (SIU)'s report after next month's elections.

Madonsela's report, which was released on 19 March, found that Zuma improperly benefitted from the R246 million upgrades and that he violated the executive ethics code.

The document recommended the president account to Parliament and pay back part of the total sum.

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

COSATU AND SACP AWAIT SIU REPORT

The South African Communist Party (SACP) and Congress of South African Trade Unions on Wednesday said they are eagerly awaiting the SIU's Nkandla report.

The document will be the third of its kind to focus on upgrades made to the president's home.

The tripartite alliance partners said they hope the probe will identify the culprits responsible for money spent.

Wednesday's comments were made at a joint briefing in Johannesburg.

SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande called for the SIU probe to be sped up.

He said the Nkandla scandal is not an accumulation of wealth by the president, but rather about the classification of security upgrades.

EWN Video: Zuma benefitted unduly from Nkandla upgrades.