MPs of political parties serving on the ad hoc committee, including those of the DA, will visit Nkandla property on Wednesday for a direct inspection of the R246 million upgrades. The visit will form part of the committee’s consideration of the report into the upgrades, which was released by Nhleko in May.
In the report, Nhleko said he found that Zuma should not pay back a cent of the money spent on the upgrades. This was despite the findings made by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in her report into Nkandla released early last year.
Madonsela said she found Zuma and his family unduly benefited from the upgrades and made a recommendation that he pay back the money spent on the non-security features.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said his party would use every opportunity this week, including the site visit to Zuma’s homestead, to further substantiate why Nhleko’s report should be rejected.
“Our primary focus this week will be to challenge minister Nhleko’s report on the grounds it lacks legal standing,” said Maimane. He was speaking at a media briefing in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
“The DA stands firmly behind the public protector’s report and rejects any attempts to subvert her findings. The DA has long argued that if the president was unhappy with the public protector’s report, it is for him to take her remedial action on review.”
Maimane said Zuma was yet to launch such a legal challenge to have the public protector’s remedial action set aside, adding her findings therefore stood.
According to Maimane, the DA would use legal avenues to make Zuma comply if its current efforts did not bear fruit.