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Inter-departmental committee set up to prevent another Nkandla

The presidency has issued a statement saying progress is being made to implement remedial action.

President Jacob Zuma. Pretoria. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency says an inter-departmental committee has been established to update Cabinet policy and draft clear standards for security benefits.

Earlier today President Jacob Zuma issued letters of reprimand to two former ministers and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi as per the Constitutional Court order.

Last month, the court found that Zuma breached the Constitution by ignoring the Public Protector's remedial action with regards to paying back some of the money for non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

The presidency has issued a statement, saying progress is being made to implement remedial action.

Zuma will pay back some of the money spent on Nkandla, once Treasury has determined the amount.

An inter-departmental committee meanwhile, will draft the standards on security measures that can be taken, and the reasonable costs that can be incurred by presidents and deputy presidents.

The defence department will also draft the standard operating procedures to regulate the benefits extended to high profile officials.

"NXESI NOT GUILTY"

Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin says he doesn't believe that current Minister Thulas Nxesi is guilty in terms of anything relating to the Nkandla saga.

Cronin however, says he defends Nxesi in terms of the department's role in the Nkandla saga.

"Our reading of the Public Protector's report and the Constitutional Court judgment was that the references to the public works minister were explicitly to the previous public works minister, Geoff Doidge. Clearly the president and his legal advisors have had a different view."

To read the full statement from the Presidency, click here.

To read the full judgment by the ConCourt on Nkandla, click here.