Zuma 'must still respond to Madonsela report'

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma still has to respond to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report regarding the security upgrades at his Nkandla private home, her office said on Friday.

"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.

"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."

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

According to the presidency, the report "has been prepared with due consideration of the following reports - the report of the joint standing committee on intelligence (JSCI), the report of the public protector titled "Secure in Comfort", and the progress report in terms of the Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act submitted by the head of the SIU".

Security of the president

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.

Mualusi Nhlanhla Skhumbuzo 2014-08-16 07:44:23 AM
I blame the black community for voting this shame unto power! Haikhona man. It's enough
Mageba 2014-08-16 07:46:11 AM
But the president is still studying and applying his mind to the report...
Mr T. 2014-08-16 07:53:31 AM
Mara Thuli is already in the impression that this is an answer she has been waiting for. Now??. Does this mean she did not know what questions she asked??
Liewe Heksie 2014-08-16 07:53:38 AM
He is useless, Ive got more respect for the gentleman helping me in my garden. I rather make him president he is honest and can think for him self and hard working.
Lerato Lerato 2014-08-16 07:55:12 AM
As die ANC iets sê, dan lieg hulle!!!!
Lucas Mafenuka 2014-08-16 07:55:31 AM
he must indeed respond if not he must then tell us as to why the protectors findings & recomendations are aplying to the selected few or is he above the law
Sthembiso Jali 2014-08-16 07:58:56 AM
I doubt he will ever give a response that will make sense. Finding a scapegoat is the name of the game- shift the blame, dodge the bullet and move on.
Owen Sello Tauatsoala 2014-08-16 07:59:40 AM
Not south Africans but zimbabwians and maputos voted for this thief, rapist, illiterate and stupid dude.
Werner Lotz 2014-08-16 08:00:34 AM
I don't get why reporters still write about this scandal. Clearly nothing is being done in terms of remedial action by President Zuma and merely serves the purpose of inciting hate speech and racism. Give us a break until you have something substantial to build a story on guys
Nicholas Dobbins 2014-08-16 08:09:38 AM
There is no point in trying to get the truth out of this man. He didn't tell the truth about his corruption charges or the rape charges. Why would he start now? We just got to hope the truth comes out one day, and that will only happen when people of all races pull together and fight for common goals from our government be it ANC or DA etc.. We deserve respect, honesty and most importantly care. After all we own the country without us there would be no government. People need to come together spiritual and fight for our basic needs and end poverty and inequality.