Zuma's reply to Nkandla report sufficient - Sizani

Johannesburg - ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani on Monday said he was satisfied that President Jacob Zuma had responded to all reports on security upgrades to his Nkandla home, including the public protector's.

"In responding to Parliament on this matter, it was important and appropriate that the president takes into account not only one but all the applicable reports produced thus far... to assist Parliament to sufficiently process the matter," Sizani said in a statement.

"It would have been amiss for the president to confine himself to a single report at the expense of the rest."

On Friday, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office said Zuma had not yet responded to her report on the R246m security upgrades at his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

Her office said the response, handed to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete by Zuma last week, did not respond to Madonsela's report.

"In fact, in the document it says this is not a comment on the public protector's report," spokeswoman 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."

On Saturday, the presidency said Zuma was taking all reports into account. Spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the president's response to the National Assembly took the joint standing committee on intelligence report, the public protector's report titled "Secure in Comfort", and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report into account.

Sizani said the parliamentary process that dealt with the relevant reports should be allowed to take its course.

"We are confident that, in processing the matter, the opinions of various role players, including those of the public protector, would be formally sought by Parliament. This process should, therefore, be respected," he said.

Earlier this year, Madonsela found Zuma and his family 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.

Public spending on security upgrades at his Nkandla homestead have turned into one of the major controversies of the Zuma presidency, as costs escalated to R246m. It emerged the project included a pool (dubbed a firepool by government), an amphitheatre, and a chicken run.

Edward Radingoana 2014/08/18 05:04:30 PM
This member of the 62% could not even understand the Public Protector when she said her report has not received a response yet. Hope he has not faked his qualifications anyway, judging by her tone.
Akhenaten 2014/08/18 05:04:39 PM
And he spoke the truth like with the spy tapes?
JMaree 2014/08/18 05:06:37 PM
Phansi CancER Phansi! PP said Zoompies didn't respond, so he hasn't, why do we have to listen to your opinion Sizani?
Pieter Ver 2014/08/18 05:06:41 PM
"It would have been amiss for the president to confine himself to a single report at the expense of the rest." I would also like to do an investigation and submit a report to assist Parliament to sufficiently process the matter!! What's the pay?!
Tshililo Siobo 2014/08/18 05:08:18 PM
The stupid Sizani is so clueless in what he is talking about to an extent that he sees the President's report to have sufficed. Let it be know to wena Sizani that you are only representing your own jacket and not the views of the vast majority of the populace. We don't need your lecture to tell the President that his response is not sufficient, but it is irrelevant, gutted and gibberish. Just jump into the skies and try to convince the skies maybe because it wont fly here.
Solomon Lebelo 2014/08/18 05:09:34 PM
The whole ZANC leadership must be ashamed of protecting this moron
Bonnie Cape 2014/08/18 05:11:19 PM
Like any of us are surprised. If Sizani doesn't report it as sufficient he knows he'll be the next in line for the Scapegoat position provided by the next scandal Zuma is involved in.
Zulu Jstathought957 2014/08/18 05:13:08 PM
Eish a law unto himself and the little puppy dog and little credibility maharaj cannot sing his praises enough,eish I wonder what's its like to have a pet Indian. Viva
Ashley Hoods 2014/08/18 05:16:15 PM
Off course you will think it's sufficient. No cadre deployed by Zuma dares criticise him.
Pierre Jacobs 2014/08/18 05:20:44 PM
Sizani, Zuma as well as their Nkandla comrades are criminals. Period.