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Madonsela to tackle ‘holes’ in Police Minister’s Nkandla report

Thuli Madonsela intends writing to Jacob Zuma about the apparent discrepancies in the report.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela intends writing to President Jacob Zuma to address what she regards as discrepancies in Nkosinathi Nhleko's report on Nkandla.

Nhleko last week absolved the president of any financial liability for security upgrades to his KwaZulu-Natal home, despite the Public Protector's findings that he "unduly" benefitted from them.

Madonsela said the minister in conjunction with National Treasury should determine how much Zuma is liable for.

Instead, Nhleko assessed all of the features, including a swimming pool and amphitheatre and concluded they were all there for the president's security so he did not have to pay a cent.

However, Madonsela said she still expects the president to be held accountable.

"There are a lot of holes in the report. My intention is to advise the president on the hole in the report so that the president has all the necessary information to make an informed decision."

LISTEN: _ The Public Protector on Nkosinathi Nhleko's_ Nkandla report

At the same time, some opposition parties said they will challenge the report in Parliament.

The Democratic Alliance (DA's) Mmusi Maimane said the report was irrational.

"We will have to then consider legal action to take the report on review because we still uphold the Public Protector's report as supreme and the president is liable to pay for some of the upgrades."

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota said, "Because they, the ANC, are the majority, they will try and force this through but we think we must challenge it in court."

EFF TO TAKE NKANDLA REPORT TO COURT

Nhleko's Nkandla report looks set to be challenged in court as the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will be taking legal steps against him and his Cabinet colleagues.

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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