South Africa 20.3.2014 06:20 am

Thuli’s report throws ANC into disarray

FILE PICTURE: A view of the controversial homestead of President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla on January 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

FILE PICTURE: A view of the controversial homestead of President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla on January 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

The Public Protector’s damning report on the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead has the ANC in a pickle.

A scheduled press conference failed to take place at Luthuli House, ANC headquarters, yesterday amid reports of squabbling among the ANC top six , made up of Zuma, his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, national chairperson Baleka Mbete and treasurer- general Zweli Mkhize.

A source in the ANC told The Citizen that the briefing was postponed because the ANC top brass could not agree on an appropriate response.

“The ANC’s top six must reach a consensus first and project a united front,” he said.

“The report has serious implications for the ANC, with the elections just around the corner.”

The source said all top ANC officials will be present at the briefing today because they want the ownership of the report.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the party had taken note of Madonsela’s report.

“Our initial assessment is that the report released by the Public Protector and the inter-ministerial task team’s report are similar in many aspects,” he said.

“The ANC is confident therefore that government will respond speedily to the issues raised.”

 

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