Ngwako Modjadji
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3 Apr 2014
6:57 am

Gwen will listen to ‘her party’ over Nkandla

Ngwako Modjadji

Former Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde has opted for a wait-and-see approach on the Nkandla debacle.

Former ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe (L) and spokesman Jackson Mthembu hold a news conference to react to the findings of the Nkandla report in Johannesburg, Thursday, 20 March 2014. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Mahlangu-Nkabinde told The Citizen yesterday she cannot pre-empt what Zuma was going to say or do following the findings of the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on the security upgrades to his private residence in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

“At the moment, I absolutely have nothing to say,” she said.

Asked if she is prepared to take the blame for Nkandla, Mahlangu-Nkabinde said: “We will deal with that when we get there. I am a tried and tested leader of the ANC and I will hear what my party will say I should do. I will abide by the rules of Parliament.”

In November 2010 the erstwhile Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge was fired and replaced by Mahlangu-Nkabinde, who assured Zuma that Nkandla was still under way when she took office.

A year later she was fired by Zuma, along with former police commissioner Bheki Cele, regarding the leasing of a Pretoria building for the police.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde’s tenure as public works minister unravelled spectacularly after Madonsela found her involvement in the police headquarters leasing scandal to have been “improper”.

Madonsela had interviewed all former public works ministers for the Nkandla project.