‘EFF decision to take Nkandla report to court is strange’
Nathi Nhleko assessed all of the features and concluded they’re all there for the president’s security.
JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament says the Economic Freedom Fighters' decision to challenge the latest Nkandla report in court is 'strange' considering political parties had been calling for its release for some time.
Opposition parties have rejected Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's report which absolved the president of any financial liability for the R246 million upgrades to his private home in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Last year, the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said Jacob Zuma unduly benefited from non-security features that included a swimming pool and an amphitheatre.
In his report, Nhleko assessed all of the features and concluded they're all there for the president's security, so he doesn't have to pay a cent.
The ANC's Moloto Mothapo says the report will now be dealt with by Parliament.
"Now that this report is with Parliament, as all political parties had been calling for it to be, they leave Parliament to go to court. It is very strange indeed."
The DA labelled it a cover-up while the EFF called it propaganda.
Both parties have consulted with lawyers.
The EFF is first off the starting block in announcing it will be taking legal action.
The party, known for its refrain 'pay back the money', said it intended taking Zuma and his entire Cabinet to court for 'collectively' breaching the Constitution.
The EFF's Dali Mpofu said, "That is what we will be looking for in court, to set aside and reject the report."
The party is accusing Zuma and his Cabinet of conspiring to review, contradict and reverse the Public Protector's findings.
Last year, the Western Cape High Court ruled the Public Protector's findings were not binding and enforceable.
But the court added that when an organ of state rejects those findings or remedial action, the decision to do so must not be irrational.
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