Zuma submits final SIU report to Parliament

Jacob Zuma has submitted the final SIU report on spending on his Nkandla home to Parliament.

President Jacob Zuma responds to Parliamentary Questions in the National Assembly, on 21 August 2014. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Presidency has confirmed President Jacob Zuma has submitted the final Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report on spending on his Nkandla home to Parliament.

Towards the end of last month, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela sent Zuma a strongly-worded seven-page letter demanding to know when he will pay back some of the money spent on upgrades at his private Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal and requested his response within 14 days.

The SIU's final report has played a role in the delays experienced in Zuma responding to Madonsela's findings.

Earlier this year, Madonsela found that the president unduly benefitted from the R246 million upgrades and suggested that he repay some of the money

The presidency's Mac Maharaj said, "Zuma responded to the Public Protector's letter today. He submitted the letter to Madonsela and the speaker of the National Assembly and they are available on the website."

Yesterday Zuma told Madonsela he cannot and should not give blanket acceptance to her reports in a letter written in response to her reminder that he has failed to heed her findings on Nkandla.

He said he "must respectfully disagree" with her view that her reports and recommendations can only be reviewed by a court of law, and not by ministers or Cabinet.

The president argued that "the role of the Public Protector is akin to that of an ombudsman and quite distinct from that of the judge."

He also said reports emanating from a Public Protector process are not judgments to be followed under pain of a contempt order, but rather, useful tools in assisting democracy.

Madonsela said Zuma's refusal to adhere to her recommendations could breed a culture of impunity in the state.