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Stone Sizani's latest comments labelled as 'dishonest'

Claims that the ANC always wanted Zuma to pay back some of the money have been described as 'self-serving'.

Former African National Congress (ANC) chief whip Stone Sizani. Picture: EPA/NIC BOTHMA/POOL.

JOHANNESBURG - New claims that the African National Congress (ANC)'s parliamentary caucus always wanted President Jacob Zuma to pay back some of the money spent on his Nkandla homestead, have been described as "dishonest" and "self-serving".

The Mail & Guardian newspaper is today reporting that former ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani now claims Public Protector Thuli Madonsela always had the party's support concerning her controversial Nkandla report.

In a surprise move, Sizani is now being redeployed to serve as South Africa's ambassador to Germany.

Sizani is being widely quoted this morning by the M&G saying that Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's Nkandla Report is "irrelevant".

He's also dismissed reports that ANC MPs were angered by Zuma's concessions in the Constitutional Court last month.

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says this is a desperate move.

"I think that this is the most dishonest statement to come out of the caucus of the ANC in Parliament."

Mathekga says Sizani's comments appear to be an attempt by the ANC to repair its image.

"I think this is a face-saving exercise and we know that President Jacob Zuma actually left the defence, he left them alone."

The Constitutional Court is yet to deliver its judgment on the Nkandla matter.