Madonsela challenges Zuma over Nkandla debt

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has reportedly sent President Jacob Zuma a scathing letter asking why he should not pay back some of the R246m spent on his Nkandla home.

According to the Sunday Times, Madonsela sent the letter to Zuma on Thursday. In it she also accuses him of failing to tell parliament when he plans to pay back the money.

Madonsela also claims that Zuma has not yet responded to her report – this despite the president’s office saying he has.

In her report, Madonsela states that Zuma has to repay the cost of items not related to security. This includes a family visitors’ centre, a swimming pool, a cattle kraal and a chicken run.

Madonsela also lashed out at Zuma, accusing him of being guilty of an attack on the constitution and the rule of law by granting Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko the power to review her report, reports the Sunday Times.

Three investigations

There were however, three different investigations into the upgrades, done by the joint standing committee on intelligence, the public protector and the Special Investigative Unit (SIU).

Public spending on the security upgrades has turned into one of the major controversies of the Zuma presidency, as costs escalated to R246m – especially when it emerged the project included a pool (dubbed a "firepool" by the government), an amphitheatre, a cattle kraal and a chicken run, among others.

In her report earlier this year, Madonsela found that Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from the upgrades and recommended that he repay some of the money.

Zuma declined to respond to Madonsela's report in full within the required fortnight and said instead he would wait for the SIU's findings.

The presidency and the African National Congress's chief whip Stone Sizani disagreed with Madonsela's statement, saying Zuma had responded.

The National Assembly on Tuesday resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to consider Zuma's response.

But parliament's question time was suspended, and then adjourned on Thursday when the Economic Freedom Fighters disrupted parliament.

This came after Zuma flatly refused to answer questions about the upgrades put to him by EFF leader Julius Malema.

0744142522 2014/08/24 08:17:48 AM
who thuli madonsela think she is? lol she failed withe her stupid report last time, whats makes her think that the president will reply in her letter. This time around i think she engineering a strategy of winning the making news awards as ussual lol.
Lefu Jacob 2014/08/24 08:18:54 AM
yaah! showerhead they got u time ur idiots, u have tendecy of delaying matters. idiots!
Lefu Jacob 2014/08/24 08:19:15 AM
yaah! showerhead they got u time ur idiots, u have tendecy of delaying matters. idiots!
0744142522 2014/08/24 08:19:59 AM
This Thuli is mad, president does not report to her, shes the one who suppose to report to president. I think she forget her job description and she need to be reminded
Grant Price 2014/08/24 08:21:08 AM
Does it not bother you that your tax money paid for his "fire pool"?
Nin Ja Kitty 2014/08/24 08:21:36 AM
Fantastic. Thuli, if you can get this right, you would be even higher in the rankings.
Dermsa Masedi 2014/08/24 08:22:25 AM
The end of showerkop
shavhanieric.netshifhefhe 2014/08/24 08:22:33 AM
Wherever he goes '''PAY BACK THE MONEY'' will haunt him
mmmmTim 2014/08/24 08:23:27 AM
This Lady has no fear. Go girl!
EJ Moropane 2014/08/24 08:24:07 AM
#pay back the money