Madonsela speaks out on 'Zumaville'

Thuli Madonsela said her office was asked to investigate the development of 'Zumaville' two years ago.

Thuli Madonsela said her office was asked to investigate the development of 'Zumaville' two years ago. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela explained why there was a delay in investigating the president's role in creating 'Zumaville', a new town built next to his Nkandla homestead.

Madonsela said her office initially didn't have the capacity to investigate, but after researching the matter she believed there was a case to be answered.

Recently she came under fire for her report, in which she stated Zuma and his family benefitted from the multimillion rand upgrades to his KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

Madonsela said her office was asked to investigate the development of Zumaville about two years ago.

"We didn't have enough manpower so we decided to do a preliminary report to find out if there was any case to answer."

She added that the investigation was concluded in the past two weeks and she was advised that they could now proceed with a full investigation.

Picture: City Press.

The Public Protector argued that one of the main issues is where the money to develop this town will come from.

Meanwhile, she remains confident that even if government takes her to court over her Nkandla report, it will still uphold her findings.