Police minister stands by his Nkandla report

Nkosinathi Nhleko’s report found President Jacob Zuma doesn't have to repay any money spent on Nkandla.

FILE. Police Minister Nathi Nhleko giving an update on the Nkandla Project during the media briefing at Imbizo Media Centre in Cape Town on 28 May 2015. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Police Department says Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko stands by his report that found President Jacob Zuma doesn't have to repay any Nkandla money, despite the president's offer this week to pay back some of the cash.

Last year, Nhleko found that features at the home such as a kraal, amphitheatre and a pool were actually necessary to protect Zuma, and were thus classed as security features.

Earlier this week, Zuma proposed to the Constitutional Court that the Auditor General and finance minister determine how much he should pay back.

Nhleko appeared to become almost a laughing stock last year after he made findings that certain aspects of Nkandla were security features.

"The animal enclosure which is made of chicken run, kraal and culvert, keeps stock away from the security infrastructure, which is a security feature."

WATCH: _Nkandla: Police Minister reports back _

Now, he seems to be sticking to that script despite the fact that his boss has agreed to pay back some of the money spent there.

This may be an indication Nhleko is actually not sure what his next move should be.

At the same time, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is demanding a new audit of how much non-essential features at President Jacob Zuma's home cost the taxpayer.


Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says no settlement in the Nkandla saga can be reached without the powers of her office being reaffirmed by the highest court in the land.

The EFF has rejected Zuma's offer to ask the Auditor-General and the finance minister to determine how much he should pay.

Both have filed their legal replies to Zuma's proposed settlement in which he finally agreed to pay back a portion of the estimated R250 million spent on his KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

Not only has the president's settlement offer been rejected by both political parties involved, there are now new demands on the table.

The EFF has proposed strict deadlines for the determination of how much Zuma should pay and when he should do so, along with a call for a judicial finding that he breached his oath of office.

WATCH: _EFF rejects Zuma's plan to #PayBackTheMoney _

Madonsela has taken a far more diplomatic route, but says if no settlement is reached the court should settle the dispute over her powers once and for all.

As things stand, the Constitutional Court will hear the matter on Tuesday.

The Democratic Alliance is yet to file its reply, but has until 4pm today to do so.


The African National Congress (ANC) has declined to comment on EFF leader Julius Malema's remarks that Zuma should step down, while also declaring war on him and the Gupta family.

Malema says Zuma has damaged the reputation of the Public Protector by attacking her findings.

The EFF leader held no punches has he declared war on the president and the Gupta family.

"It's a battle, it's a war against [the] Guptas."

He says Zuma should be recalled.

"I was in the forefront with the removal of Thabo Mbeki and I had looked at the situation of Mbeki and I had looked at Zuma's situation and asking myself, what it is that Thabo did that was so extreme and worse than what Zuma did."

The EFF is set to march to the Constitutional Court next week, when the case against Zuma is set to be heard.

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To read the Public Protector's full report on spending at Nkandla, click here.

To read the letter from the Constitutional Court, click here.