Zuma submits response on Nkandla report

The public protector found that Zuma “improperly benefited” from the security upgrades.

President Jacob Zuma addresses the Youth during National Youth Day Commemoration held at Madadeni,Newcastle In Kwazulu Natal.16/06/2013. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has now submitted his full Nkandla response to Parliament.

The document has been posted on the Presidency's website but it's not yet unavailable as the website is down.

In his 20 page response President Jacob Zuma says police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko must now tell Cabinet whether he should replace some of the money spent on Nkandla by government.

But he says that determination must be with regard to culture, the relevant laws, past practices and the findings of the various reports on Nkandla.

He also says there must now be a review by the Public Works Ministry into the procedures that are followed when money is spent on prestige projects.

Zuma also says he objects to the continued conflation of the security upgrades with the construction of housing for security guards, saying that accommodation is only necessary because his home is in a rural area.

In March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her findings on the upgrades to the president's KwaZulu-Natal homestead, which stated that Zuma "improperly benefited" from measures implemented "in the name of security".

The protector called on the president to pay back a "reasonable part" of the upgrades which did not constitute security.

She has said Zuma's response on the upgrades will ultimately determine the future relationship between her office and the state.

Madonsela said her findings should carry more weight than a report by the Special Investigating Unit - since her office is a Chapter Nine institution.

Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane says Zuma's response to Madonsela's findings shows disdain to the people of the country.

"The most crucial issue here is that in many ways, he's determining that his fellow companion from the same party who he elects, must then determine what needs to happen to the president."