Madonsela welcomes Zuma's Nkandla proposal

She says she welcomes Zuma’s willingness to engage regarding complying with her remedial actions.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Kgothaso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has formally welcomed President Jacob Zuma's proposal to resolve the dispute around how much he should pay in the Nkandla scandal.

Last night, Zuma said he wanted to formally propose that the Auditor General and the finance minister now decide how much he should pay towards the R246 million upgrade to his home.

Madonsela says she welcomes the willingness of the president to engage regarding complying with her remedial actions over the government money spent at Nkandla.

But she says there are various issues flowing from his proposal that she needs to consider with her legal team.

She also says she will advise Zuma and file her formal response to the Constitutional Court and it's only then that she will go public with her view.

The public protector says this means she's not going to speak publicly on the issue at the moment.

Furthermore, the ANC says its support for Zuma's does not mean it believes he was in any way directly responsible for the millions spent on his home.

Party spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says they're not surprised opposition parties are still going ahead with their court application.

"That was expected given that the issue of Nkandla was an election tool in the last election but it has become too political and as such people can't think rationally because the intention is not to find a solution."

But he denies that this has hurt the ruling party politically.

"People understood the message of the ANC that the president was not directly responsible and we don't hold him liable for issues around Nkandla."

He says they believe those who allowed the costs to escalate so dramatically at Nkandla must be prosecuted.

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The Nkandla matter is due to be heard in the Constitutional Court next week Tuesday, two days before the president's State of the Nation Address.

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