EFF on warpath over Nkandla

FILE PICTURE: Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, is seen with Floyd Shivambu. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

FILE PICTURE: Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, is seen with Floyd Shivambu. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have asked National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to create a platform for dialogue that would see President Jacob Zuma paying back the Nkandla money, or face legal action.

In his report on Nkandla released last month, police minister Nathi Nhleko said he found that Zuma did not have to pay back some of the R246 million spent on the security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal. This was despite a recommendation made by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela that Zuma must pay back a portion of the money.

Further in her findings, Madonsela found the president and his family unduly benefited from the project. EFF lawyer Luvuyo Godla yesterday told The Citizen he sent a letter of request to Mbete last week. Mbete’s spokesperson, Mandlakazi Sigcawu, confirmed receipt of the letter, but declined to comment further.

Godla said Madonsela’s recommendation could be set aside only by a court of law. He added that Nhleko also interfered with Madonsela’s functional integrity by saying the President must not pay back a cent. “I am waiting for the acknowledgement of the receipt of the letter and I will not allow more than 10 days,” said Godla.

“Zuma is not above the law. When we go to court, we will seek a relief for them to comply with the Public Protector’s recommendation. The minister must determine how much Zuma should pay.”

Parliament set up an ad-hoc committee to assess the report. Some opposition parties, including the Democratic Alliance, United Democratic Movement and Congress of the People, snubbed the committee and refused to submit lists of names of their MPs to participate in the structure.

warren@citizen.co.za

 

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