Vavi: Nkandla report a kick in the teeth for Madonsela

Zwelinzima Vavi shares Desmond Tutu’s criticism of the document, both have labelled it a shame.

FILE: In his statement Vavi said the Police Minister’s report challenges South Africa’s constitutional democracy. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Axed Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says the Police Minister's report, which absolves the President from paying anything for security upgrades to his Nkandla home, is a disgrace.

Vavi shares Archbishop Desmond Tutu's criticism of the document, both have labelled it a shame.

Earlier Tutu released a statement through his foundation, slamming Nkosinathi Nhleko's report.

In his statement Vavi said the Police Minister's report challenges South Africa's constitutional democracy.

He also said Nkosinathi Nhleko's findings are a kick in the teeth for the public protector because the document ignores the findings of the report released by Thuli Madonsela.

The public protector, whose initial report found Zuma liable to pay back a portion of the money, says her findings cannot be ignored.

Madonsela's report declared President Jacob Zuma had to pay back a portion of the money spent on upgrading security at his private homestead.

Vavi said the amount of money spent on his swimming pool, chicken kraal and amphitheatre is laughable.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says Nhleko's report on Nkandla, in which he found Zuma does not have to pay for the R246 million upgrades to his KwaZulu-Natal homestead, has humiliated South Africa and its people.

Nhleko's report exonerated Zuma of any wrongdoing in relation to spending on his Nkandla homestead.

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

In a statement released by the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Archbishop Tutu expressed his sadness and embarrassment at this week's developments.

Tutu said this week, Zuma laughed at South Africans who are trying to hold him accountable for spending hundreds of millions of tax payers' money on Nkandla.

LISTEN: Zuma laughs about Nkandla.

He said he has been trying to maintain a low public profile but that this development has forced him to express his anger and embarrassment.

He adds that South Africa's public representatives have this week humiliated themselves, the country and its people by ignoring the public protector's report.

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."

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