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Mbete: ConCourt ruling makes balanced, critical findings

Baleka Mbete has conceded that certain things in the Nkandla saga could have been handled differently.

FILE: Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete says the Constitutional Court judgment on the handling of the Nkandla report makes sound, balanced and critical findings.

The judgment delivered this week found President Jacob Zuma and the National Assembly failed to uphold the Constitution in their treatment of the Public Protector's remedial action on the government's spending at Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

The court has ordered that Zuma repay some of the money spent on non-security upgrades at the private home.

Mbete says major lessons have been learnt from the case and she conceded that certain things could have been handled differently.

WATCH: President Zuma: I respect the ConCourt's Nkandla judgment

'STRATEGIC MOVE'

While opposition parties, political commentators, civil society groups and ordinary South Africans continue to raise their displeasure Zuma and the African National Congress (ANC), one analyst says Zuma's speech was a strategic move by the ANC.

On Friday, the president addressed the country, saying he welcomes the Constitutional Court's findings on the Nkandla saga and that never intended to fail to comply with the remedial action proposed in the Public Protector's report.

The ANC said it appreciates his apology to the nation for the confusion and frustration caused by the Nkandla saga.

Professor Sipho Seepe said Zuma's apology was a strategic move by the ANC.

"It doesn't matter how much you try to spin this one, the damage is done and it has been done in a very profound way. And I'd even go further and say I wonder if it is the ANC that can save itself from itself."

The FW de Klerk Foundation also believes Zuma's apology is not sufficient and that he shouldn't only have to pay back what they call a "mere" portion of the R246 million in state funds spent on renovations at Nkandla.

The foundation's Dave Steward said, "The question at the heart of this is why was it possible for the state to approve the expenditure of R246 million under any circumstances. It's unacceptable in a country where the same amount of money could provide housing for literally tens and thousands of South Africans."

WATCH: ANC welcomes Zuma's apology

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