ANCWL: Nkandla no big deal

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — The ANC Women’s League yes­ter­day re­jected what it called the “op­por­tunis­tic pos­ture” taken by some po­lit­i­cal par­ties since the re­lease of Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela’s re­port on Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s Nkandla home.

“The Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor’s re­port … is sub­stan­tially no dif­fer­ent to the in­ter­min­is­te­rial task team re­port al­ready in the pub­lic do­main,” it said in a state­ment.

It claimed that both re­ports came to the same con­clu­sion, by ap­par­ently find­ing that the state had not spent any money on Zuma’s home in Nkandla.

The league fur­ther claimed that Madon­sela’s re­port found no po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence in the ren­o­va­tions at Nkandla.

On Wed­nes­day, Madon­sela said Zuma and his fam­ily had un­duly ben­e­fited from up­grades and that govern­ment was re­spon­si­ble.

Madon­sela said Zuma should have queried the up­grades, which could end up cost­ing as much as R240 mil­lion.

In De­cem­ber, Pub­lic Works Min­is­ter Thu­las Nx­esi said al­le­ga­tions that Zuma used state re­sources for the up­grades were un­founded.

He said R206 420 644 was spent on the up­grade.

— Sapa.

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