South Africa 22.10.2013 06:00 am

Protector’s Nkandla report set for release

FILE PICTURE: Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Christine Vermooten.

FILE PICTURE: Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Christine Vermooten.

The long-awaited provisional report on the R206 million security upgrade to President Jacob Zuma’s home at Nkandla will be ready at the end of this month.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is investigating whether taxpayers’ money was abused for security upgrades at Zuma’s private residence. Madonsela’s spokesman Kgalalelo Masibi told The Citizen yesterday that the investigation had been completed.

“The investigation had been completed and the provisional report is being finalised. The provisional report will be ready by October 31,” she said. The Democratic Alliance (DA) said it was essential that whatever route Madonsela opted for, the report into Zuma must be made public.

They also said that anyone found to be responsible for looting public funds be held accountable. DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said she would write to Madonsela to request clarity as to whether the full and unexpurgated Nkandlagate report would be made public.

“While we appreciate Advocate Madonsela’s dilemma in this regard, this report can’t be delayed by the government’s disregard of accountability measures,” Mazibuko said. “The Nkandlagate report will shed light on one of the biggest corruption scandals in President Zuma’s administration. It is both in the public interest and in the interest of accountability and transparency to ensure that the full and unexpurgated report is made public.

“I will furthermore recommend in my correspondence to Advocate Madonsela that in the absence of an appropriate oversight body over the presidency, that the report be tabled before the portfolio committee on public works in Parliament.”

Mazibuko said she will also query whether she will be receiving a provisional report, as had been the protocol in the past. “Indeed, in other Public Protector investigations requested by the DA, a provisional copy is sent to the requesting party. This, for example, has been the protocol followed with the ICT Indaba investigation.”

Masibi said a report was usually given to the complainant who requested the investigation and the respondent was also given a copy, so that they were aware of the findings and could query the information.

It emerged yesterday that although Madonsela’s investigation into Zuma’s home is now complete, her office is uncertain about who the report should go to as there is currently no oversight body for the presidency.

 

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