Malema: Mashatile will retract Nkandla comments

The Gauteng ANC chair says he disagrees with more govt money being spent on Nkandla's security upgrades.

ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says Gauteng African National Congress leader Paul Mashatile, will try to take back his comments that he doesn't agree with the Police Ministers' findings on Nkandla.

On Thursday, Mashathile said Nathi Nhleko's findings that more government money has to be spent on President Jacob Zuma's home are not ANC decision and that he disagrees with it.

Mashatile took part in Daily Maverick's The Gathering conference on the Nkandla spending along with Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane and former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) leader Zwelinzima Vavi.

Melame says Mashatile is not a new breed of ANC leader who opposes corruption.

"Paul belongs to that elite group that continues to milk our resources."

Mashatile also responded to questions about the leadership of the ANC and his political ambitions.

Mashatile said that while he voted yes to an ad hoc committee being set up to discuss the Nkandla report, he did not necessarily agree with more security upgrades at the president's private home.

"For now I would like to say it's his view. I heard for the first time that the minister said this. I don't agree with it."

He said the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) did not receive Nhleko's report which was presented to the public.

"That report never came to the ANC. Because in our right minds we can't say, when the public is complaining, that we're going to spend more. That issue is still going to be discussed by the NEC itself, because it never came to us."

Mashatile said talk of him contesting for a senior position in the ANC was just a rumour for now, and he would not mind if a woman was elected leader of the party.

He also says Zuma must release the Farlam report on the Marikana shootings. Malema also says his party will mount a private prosecution of deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, if he is not formally prosecuted over Marikana.

"If Cyril is not in that report, if it's not recommended that Cyril must be prosecuted, we've taken a conscious decision to prosecuting him privately."

Malema says if Ramaphosa is prosecuted, he will have to step down from his deputy president role.