Nkandla: Minister worried Zuma's security might be at risk

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said he doesn't know how much more will be spent on Nkandla.

A view of the homestead of South African President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla in January 2014. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said President Jacob Zuma's security detail has received unprecedented exposure which may pose a risk to state security.

Nhleko said the investigation into the Nkandla spending debacle has exposed details surrounding Zuma's security to the general public and "hostile forces".

The minister assessed what Public Protector Thuli Madonsela termed non-security features at the president's KwaZulu-Natal home including a visitor's centre, swimming pool and cattle kraal.

He concluded they were all built for security reasons and therefore Zuma is not liable to pay for them.

The minister said the investigation may have put Zuma's security at risk.

"This is an unprecedented exposure of a president's security details and it will need security practitioners to analyse the extent to which the report contributes to threats around the president and how the threats should be mitigated."

He said the existing security measures have to be reviewed and the outstanding security related features should be completed.


While reaction and analysis to the latest Nkandla report has been pouring in, one voice is yet to be heard, that of Madonsela.

The powers of the office of the public protector are at stake and the response is therefore crucial.

It remains to be seen whether any legal action will follow now that her findings have been essentially disregarded entirely.

Her report spelled out how Zuma's home went from humble beginnings to a full township.


Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said he doesn't know how much more will be spent on Nkandla.

"We don't know. We will just rely on what the police say needs to be reviewed and what needs to be done."

Opposition parties have rejected the report.

They will have their turn to scrutinise the findings in Parliament once a multi-party ad-hoc committee is established to consider the report.

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Last year, the public protector released her 450 page Nkandla report titled 'secure in comfort'.

It delivered dramatically different findings of those presented by Nhleko.

"I'm requesting the president to pay a reasonable percentage of the cost of the measures as determined with the assistance of National Treasury," said Madonsela.

She took hours to present her Nkandla report but her findings were crystal clear.

She concluded that Zuma and his immediate family benefited unduly from upgrades that had nothing to do with security.

Madonsela also criticised the president violating the executive ethics code.

"I believe the president should have ideally asked questions regarding the scale, cost, and affordability of the Nkandla project."

Madonsela's report contains phrases like "opulence at a grand scale" and "license to loot", and calls for action to be taken against minister, the police and various departments.

At the same time, the Nkandla issue has been used by opposition parties to claim that the president is corrupt.

They are likely to continue pushing this issue both in Parliament and possibly in court.

It is also an issue that unites opposition parties, it's seen the Democratic Alliance working with the Economic Freedom Fighters despite the two having very different ideologies.

However this can also unite the African National Congress behind its leader and Zuma may claim it's proof that he is simply the victim of unfair criticism.

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