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Madonsela: My Nkandla findings can't simply be ignored

The public protector was reacting to Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko’s Nkandla report.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says her findings and remedial action on upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home can't simply be ignored, and this has been reaffirmed by a court of law.

Last year, Madonsela found Zuma unduly benefitted from non-security features including a swimming pool, visitor's centre and an amphitheatre.

But Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's report, released this week, found the features are all there for the president's security and that he is not liable to pay for any of them.

A judgment handed down by the Western Cape High Court last year, found the public Protector's remedial actions were not binding and enforceable.

But a decision to reject them must be rational.

Madonsela says while clarity is still needed on the extent of her powers, the court was clear that her findings can't simply be overlooked.

"The second thing the court said was that should that competent authority have any issues with the report, they must engage with me. And that's one of the problems with this report, is that no one has engaged with me."

The public protector says she never asked Nhleko to comment on her Nkandla report but rather wanted him to determine the amount President Jacob Zuma had to pay for non-security upgrades at his private home in Nkandla.

WATCH: South Africans react to the Nkandla Report

For a full breakdown of Nhleko's Nkandla report _ click here_.