Vavi: Nhleko misrepresented Madonsela’s findings on Nkandla

Vavi says the police minister misrepresented Madonsela’s findings so Zuma could get off scot-free.

FILE: Axed Cosatu General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi during a press conference about his future in the trade union federation on 29 March, 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's Nkandla report is a blight on South Africa's constitutional democracy.

Nhleko has absolved President Jacob Zuma of financial liability for the R246 million security upgrades to his private home in KwaZulu-Natal.

The police minister came to the conclusion that all of the features installed at Zuma's home were there for his security, after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela questioned some of them, including a swimming pool, a visitor's centre and an amphitheatre.

Vavi has spoken out in defence of the Public Protector and has called on South Africans to voice their collective anger over the police minister's report by marching to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

He says Nhleko misrepresented Madonsela's findings so that the president could get off scot-free.

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

On Saturday,Tutu released a statement through his foundation, also slamming Nhleko's report.

He said Nhleko's report on Nkandla has humiliated South Africa and its people.

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In a report released last year, the public protector said the president unduly benefitted from the non-security features installed at his home.

She said Zuma should pay back a portion of the money.

Madonsela wanted the Department of National Treasury and the police minister to determine just how much Zuma had to pay.

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