1 April 2014

South Africa: Zuma's Nkandla Deadline - Feel It, It Is Here


Wednesday is the 14-day deadline for President Jacob Zuma to respond to the National Assembly on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the upgrades to his residence in Nkandla.

If defiant comments on the subject reportedly made by the president in Gugulethu last weekend are anything to go by, it's unlikely that he will contritely accept her findings. REBECCA DAVIS looks at what might happen next.

It's not just members of the public, journalists and opposition politicians waiting to see how Zuma will respond to the 14-day deadline post-Nkandla report release.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said at a press conference on Monday, following an NEC meeting in Cape Town at the weekend, that the ANC would not interfere on the matter before Zuma had met his deadline for a response to Parliament.

That deadline expires on Wednesday.

One of the remedial actions laid down by Madonsela's report - together with paying back a "reasonable percentage" of the costs associated with the upgrade that do not relate to security - was that the president must "report to the National Assembly on his comments and actions on this report within 14 days".

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