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Nkandla: Public Protector sets new deadline for Zuma

Madonsela has given Zuma two weeks to explain why he shouldn’t pay back a portion of the R246 million.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has given President Jacob Zuma two weeks to explain why he shouldn’t pay back a portion of the R246 million spent on his Nkandla home. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has written a letter to President Jacob Zuma, giving him two weeks to respond to her Nkandla report and tell her why he shouldn't pay back a portion of the R246 million used to build his homestead.

Sunday newspapers are reporting that Madonsela wants answers.

The president has said he replied to Madonsela's report, the department of public works and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) in a joint response in Parliament.

The Public Protector says the SIU's report, which Zuma presented in Parliament, only mentions her report but doesn't respond to it.

Her seven-page letter comes after a week of high political drama in which Parliament was disrupted by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) when the president refused to answer questions about the security upgrades to his private home.

The Sunday Times has reported that in the letter Madonsela accuses the president of failing to tell Parliament when he plans to pay back the money, an argument the EFF loudly raised in Parliament last Thursday.

In her report, released earlier this year, Madonsela found that the president and his family unduly benefited from the R246 million security upgrades at his KwaZulu-Natal home.