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Zuma responds to Nkandla upgrades

By Sapa | Aug 15, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 114 ]

President Jacob Zuma presented his response to the security upgrades at his private Nkandla homestead to Parliament on Thursday, the Presidency said.

"The report has been prepared with due consideration of the following reports -- the report of the joint standing committee on intelligence (JSCI), the report of the public protector titled "Secure in Comfort", and the progress report in terms of the Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act submitted by the head of the SIU," spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

The report was submitted to the speaker of the National Assembly, Maharaj said.

Zuma had undertaken to give Speaker Baleka Mbete a comprehensive report on the outcome of three separate investigations into state spending of some R246 million on his Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal.

Public spending on security upgrades at Nkandla turned into one of the major controversies of the Zuma presidency as costs escalated and it emerged that the project included a swimming pool, an amphitheatre, and chicken run.

Zuma declined to respond to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report in full within the required fortnight and said instead he would wait for the Special Investigating Unit findings.

On July 5, the African National Congress chief whip's office said Zuma had received the provisional SIU report and would provide Mbete with a final and comprehensive response within 30 days.

Zuma signed a proclamation on December 18 giving the SIU the go-ahead to investigate "intentional or negligent loss of public money" at Nkandla.

In a report released in March, Madonsela found Zuma and his family had unduly benefitted from the R246 million spent on the security upgrades.

The SIU said its report on the Nkandla spending would be made available next week.

Police minister should determine liability

The minister of police should determine whether President Jacob Zuma is liable for costs incurred following security upgrades at his Nkandla private home, Zuma said..

“I deem the following to be appropriate... the minister of police as the designated minister under the National Key Points Act, to report to Cabinet on a determination to whether the president is liable for any contribution in respect of the security upgrades having regard to the legislation, past practices, culture and findings contained in the respective reports," Zuma said in the response.

Zuma submitted his response on the security upgrades at his private home to Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, on Wednesday.

Zuma also requested the ministers in the security cluster and the public works minister, Thulas Nxesi, to report to Parliament on their "clearly defined roles and responsibilities" when dealing with the president, the deputy president and their predecessors' security when implementing Cabinet policy.

Nxesi should urgently report to Cabinet on the review of protocols and procedures regarding procurement, expenditure and oversight applicable, he said.

Lastly, Zuma said Cabinet should review the 2003 policy on the security of the president, deputy president and their predecessors with a view to setting parameters for implementation.

Zuma had undertaken to give Mbete a comprehensive report on the outcome of three separate investigations into state spending of some R246 million on his Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal.

Public spending on security upgrades at Nkandla turned into one of the major controversies of the Zuma presidency, as costs escalated and it emerged that the project included a pool (dubbed a firepool by government), an amphitheatre, and a chicken run.

Zuma declined to respond to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report in full within the required fortnight and said instead he would wait for the Special Investigating Unit findings.

On July 5, the African National Congress Chief Whip's office said Zuma had received the provisional SIU report and would provide Mbete with a final and comprehensive response within 30 days.

Zuma signed a proclamation on December 18 giving the SIU the go-ahead to investigate "intentional or negligent loss of public money" at Nkandla.

In a report released in March, Madonsela found Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from the R246 million spent on the security upgrades.

The SIU said its report on the Nkandla spending would be made available next week.

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maneater

Police minister should determine liability. =========================================================== well i bet my wife, my children and my left ball the police minister will say he is not liable!!

Aug 15, 2014 6:59 | 5 replies

Mulani

Agreed, I'm adding my VW Chicco on the bet, plus Vendalooser's mud hut in Venda, Shredder's Zozo in soweto, etc....

Aug 15, 2014 7:15 | 2 replies

MthimbanaT

Lol : Ndau yaNduna :) I add Vendalooser' chickens on the bet :)

Aug 15, 2014 7:41 | 0 replies

Shredder

LOL. Mulani! Mulani! I see that on Fridays you have a tendency of dragging my good name in the mud.

Aug 15, 2014 8:28 | 0 replies

R18SN

you right maneater i will also sleep with all the guys on this block if the minister says he is liable

Aug 15, 2014 7:43 | 2 replies

Hosh6

I will be first in the queue. I won't mind to tap that ess.

Aug 15, 2014 8:14 | 0 replies

mgijimi

Should I prepare condom in the mean time?

Aug 15, 2014 8:40 | 0 replies

lindsay

i will go to sahara desert and fast for forty days and forty nights if the minister found him liable

Aug 15, 2014 8:2 | 0 replies

MommaC

Seems like a safe bet :)

Aug 15, 2014 8:18 | 3 replies

skopomashwabana

hahahaha..I'll throw in a case of beer, my favourite chuck taylors and my Delta Force 1 collectible VHS tape with badass lee marvin on the cover.

Aug 15, 2014 8:29 | 0 replies
Aug 15, 2014 8:29 | 0 replies

grunt

I want Bettie back.

Aug 15, 2014 8:49 | 2 replies
Aug 15, 2014 9:53 | 0 replies

MommaC

Bettie is too distracting. The gods gave men two heads but only enough blood for one of them to function at a time :)

Aug 15, 2014 10:4 | 0 replies

Mamlamb0

MommaC! I'm shocked and offended by your sexist remarks, now that my brain is working properly.

Aug 15, 2014 12:34 | 0 replies

FEDE

I saw Zuma ducking dis one

Aug 15, 2014 7:11 | 0 replies

ytieduniS

Seems jacob is trying to fob responsibility off on the architect, based on some comments made yesterday not present on the article.

Aug 15, 2014 7:11 | 0 replies

Bunyulawe

Baleka Mbete was not on leave,was writting this report for our dandahead president...

Aug 15, 2014 7:12 | 0 replies

Mosquer

You can't do anything to the man of mermaids! Unless you've got the authority from above.

Aug 15, 2014 7:13 | 0 replies

Bunyulawe

Report was written by Baleka Mbete,...And was submitted to her office...Lol, they must say she took her report to her office...Zuma didn't write no respons

Aug 15, 2014 7:14 | 0 replies

RobinX

WHat an absolute ducking exhibition. Avoids the issues completely!

Aug 15, 2014 7:22 | 0 replies

Mshovekahle

The minister of police should determine whether President Jacob Zuma is liable for costs incurred following security upgrades at his Nkandla private home, Zuma said xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx It was determined by Thuli Mandonsela , Zuma must pay back the tax payers money stop his delaying tactics

Aug 15, 2014 7:30 | 0 replies

RobinX

This isn't a response, it's a cold shower!

Aug 15, 2014 7:32 | 3 replies
Aug 15, 2014 8:29 | 0 replies

Mokoporistojnr

nice one lol.......

Aug 15, 2014 10:35 | 0 replies

s.cold

RE YOU TALKING TO ME @SIR ROBIN I ONLY SEE COLD

Aug 15, 2014 11:21 | 1 replies

RobinX

No. Why? Should I?

Aug 15, 2014 12:10 | 0 replies

MthimbanaT

I don't care what Zuma's garden boy - the Minister of Police says on the matter. The Public Protector has made a determination in terms of the Public Protector Act [No. 23 of 1994] that Butternut head is liable for the excesses. He must pay. Otherwise organs of the civil society such as Freedom Under Law must drag him to the courts and force him to pay back

Aug 15, 2014 7:45 | 0 replies

grunt

They think we are stupid.The point about having a independent body like the PP is precisely because it is useless to refer something like that to your own minister. Unfortunately 62 % of the people of this country are stupid.

Aug 15, 2014 8:26 | 2 replies

Territc

They don't think, they know you are stupid. You voted him and his party back into power, despite the PP's report, so yes you are stupid.

Aug 15, 2014 9:13 | 0 replies

RobinX

The KNOW we are stupid. Our people voted them in, not so. What could be more stupid than that.

Aug 15, 2014 12:11 | 0 replies