Zuma has responded to all Nkandla reports - presidency

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has responded to all reports regarding the security upgrades at his Nkandla private home, the presidency said on Saturday.

"The President regards all the investigations and reports into the upgrades as important," his spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

"He has responded to the National Assembly taking all the reports into account,"

On Friday, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office said Zuma had not yet responded to her report on the R246m security upgrades.

Remedial action

"The document that is being disseminated does not respond to the Public Protector's report and, in fact, in the document it says this is not a comment on the Public Protector's report," spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said in an e-mail to Sapa at the time.

"That means a document that comments on the Public Protector's report or indicates action taken or to be taken to implement remedial action in compliance with section 3(5) of the Executive Members Ethics Act must still be submitted to Parliament by the president."

However, Maharaj said Zuma was taking all reports into account.

"The Presidency has noted statements attributed to the office of the public protector stating that President Jacob Zuma had not responded to the public protector's report on the Nkandla security upgrades."

He said Zuma's response to the National Assembly took the joint standing committee on intelligence (JSCI) report, the public protector's report titled "Secure in Comfort", and the Special Investigating Units report into account.

Review of protocols

Zuma submitted a response on the upgrades to his private home to Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, on Thursday.

In the response, Zuma requested ministers in the security cluster and the public works minister, Thulas Nxesi, to report to Parliament on their "clearly defined roles and responsibilities" when dealing with the president, the deputy president and their predecessors' security when implementing Cabinet policy.

He said Nxesi should urgently report to Cabinet on the review of protocols and procedures regarding procurement, expenditure and oversight applicable.

Lastly, Zuma said Cabinet should review the 2003 policy on the security of the president, deputy president and their predecessors with a view to setting parameters for implementation.

Earlier this year, Madonsela found that Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from the R236m upgrades and recommended that he pay back 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 Special Investigating Unit's findings on the upgrades.

proudlysa 2014/08/16 02:21:18 PM
Imagine for one moment that we had an intellectual, honest President. SA would have been a much better place to live in. Do you get tha, all the ANC supporters that keep Zuma in power??
Sifiso Sosibo 2014/08/16 02:21:20 PM
SIU's move to sue Zuma's architecture is nothing but a WASTEFUL EXPENDITURE of taxpayers money when everyone knows which DOORSTEPS the blame will eventually END as long as the architecture live to see his trial through!!!
Venicia Williams 2014/08/16 02:32:30 PM
WHAT! argh...the stench is too strong, need some fresh air! Where are the cleaners?
Craig Harrison 2014/08/16 02:33:53 PM
Ya, now he still has to respond to our Public Protector,..........."us"!!!
Lekoadi Aaron Temane 2014/08/16 02:36:24 PM
I dont care wat Zoomer says but surely every dog has its day,he'll pay for wat he did to South Africans,
Petrus Kruger 2014/08/16 02:36:51 PM
Zuma letterlik gooi vir PP 'n vet toffie!! (Englsih : ZUMA GIVE PP THE FINGER!)
Andrew Stockton 2014/08/16 03:00:21 PM
Whatever ! - What He's doing is not sustainable going forward ... 6/ or 8 million odd tax payers supporting 62 odd million people and 1 person is responsible for the waste of hundreds of millions of Rands ... One can only shake your head in dissatisfaction ...
Matshane Seleko 2014/08/16 03:03:41 PM
South Africans,particularly tax payers,do not want policy and protocols review here.To hell with that.They want money stolen to be repaid.Sies!
Altus Kirsten 2014/08/16 03:11:49 PM
Tax strike should bring him to book.
Hennis Le Roux 2014/08/16 03:14:43 PM
Only president in the world with a case of fraud against him....Haha....ridiculous !!!!!