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Sizani adamant ANC wanted Zuma to settle Nkandla matter

The outgoing chief whip says they wanted the president to pay back some of the money.

Outgoing African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip, Stone Sizani. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Outgoing African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip Stone Sizani is adamant the ANC's parliamentary caucus always wanted President Jacob Zuma to pay back some of the money spent on his Nkandla home and says he's being misquoted on the subject in the media.

The Mail & Guardian newspaper is today reporting that Sizani now claims public protector Thuli Madonsela has always had the party's support concerning her controversial Nkandla report.

In an unexpected move this week, the ANC announced Sizani is now being redeployed to serve as South Africa's ambassador to Germany.

The newspaper says Sizani and the ANC have now distanced themselves from Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's Nkandla's report, describing it as "irrelevant"

Sizani says Parliament never defied the Public Protector's report.

"When we tabled a report to Parliament and it is public property, everybody knows that is our position. Why would anybody go against that? Why?"

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga has described the claims as a desperate attempt by the ANC to repair its reputation.

"They're concerned about their reputation and I think they're actually doing it at a time when it's not credible. Zuma was the first one to say that he actually wanted to pay and they were still on about this thing that he shouldn't pay."