Thuli Madonsela, you biscuit. The public protector’s provisional Nkandla report has found that our president has “derived substantial personal benefit from works that exceeded security needs,”and must repay the state.
Cabinet ministers tried to justify Zuma’s spending by saying that was essential in providing Zuma with appropriate security. And by “security,” they probably meant soccer pitches, helipads, and athletic tracks – all of which he has at Nkandla.
Other security features include a swimming pool, visitors’ centre, amphitheatre, cattle kraal, marquee area, extensive paving and new houses for relocated relatives.
These recent upgrades came at “enormous cost” to the taxpayer, Madonsela found, at an estimated R20-million. But Zuma told Parliament last November: “All the buildings and every room we use in that residence was built by ourselves as family and not by government.”
Madonsela’s provisional report says that Parliament must call him to account for “violating the executive ethics code” on two counts:
1) Failing to protect state resources
2) Misleading Parliament for suggesting he and his family had paid for all structures unrelated to security.
The report, however, is only provisional, because not all of the involved parties have been given a chance to comment yet – which may alter the findings. You never know, Zuma might pull some sort of badass explanation out of his shower-proof hat.
Eish. That’ll be pretty hard to explain.
Other key allegations in the report include:
And here is a list of what all the individual security upgrades included:
[Source : Mail & Guradian]
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