15 August 2014

South Africa: Nkandla - Zuma Confident in Parliament

Johannesburg — President Jacob Zuma said he was confident that Parliament would effectively deal with the report on security upgrades to his Nkandla home, SABC reported on Friday.

"Now matters are in the hands of Parliament," he told the national broadcaster on the sidelines of the international conference on the Great Lakes region in Angola.

"I'm sure Parliament, as the last level of dealing with these matters, will have the time really to look into this matter and conclude it so that we close the chapter about this report."

Zuma had undertaken to give National Assembly 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.

He submitted his response to the report to her on Thursday.

In the response, Zuma requested 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.

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

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.

Earlier this year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from the upgrades and recommended that he pay back some of the money.

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

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