Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Nkandla report

The Nkandla report.
Today the Public Prosecutor, Thuli Madonsela, released her report on Nkandla, the private home of President Jacob Zuma. I have not read the report and only heard a few minutes on radio and only seen the late edition News on E-TV. However, it seems as if it will be a tough time for the president from now until the general election, scheduled to take place 7 May.

A well-known journalist, Max du Preez is said to have commented like this, according to News24:
If anything, the Public Protector was soft on Zuma - he didn't 'willfully' speak the truth either. Line up the scapegoats, comrades!
Madonsela said that she has not found evidence that the President lied. That’s why du Preez states that Zuma didn’t wilfully speak the truth. Du Preez is also probably correct in saying that other persons in the government will have to act as scapegoats.

The report states that the cost of the project is close to ZAR 250 million. And that the President needs to pay back a reasonable portion of this to the state.

The President has to answer in two weeks time. It will be interesting to see what he says.

According to the Citizen, The DA said, after the release, that they will initiate impeachment proceedings against the President.

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