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The cost of security upgrades to Nkandla, President Zuma's private home, continued to be a thorny issue in the national dialogue, sparking public debate and heated confrontations in Parliament.

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Praise heaped on Mashatiles Nkandla report stance:Friday 12 June 2015. Paul Mashatile says Nathi Nhleko's report on Nkandla still has to be debated within ANC. (SABC) ANC Gauteng chairperson, Paul Mashatile, has been praised by political parties and labour leaders for strongly coming out against Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's report on security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home. Mashatile was speaking on a panel with Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane and former Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, in Midrand. Mashatile says he doesn't agree with Nhleko, saying that more will be spent on Nkandla. He said: "When the Minister gave his report, he said something to the effect that more is going to be spent," Mashatile said. "Now I just want to say that is not the ANC position. " According to Mashatile, the Nkandla issue is still going to be discussed by the national executive committee (NEC).

Last month, Nhleko released the final report into the upgrades at Zuma’s Nkandla home. Nhleko defends Nkandla fire pool... again!:Tuesday 21 July 2015. Nkandla site visit a waste of time: EFF:Monday 13 July 2015. The EFF will not be part of the visit to Nkandla. (SABC) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Parliament says the site visit by Parliament's Ad hoc Committee to Nkandla will be a waste of taxpayers’ money and a waste of time for both the committee and the media. This comes as Ad hoc committee Chairperson Cedric Frolick declined the request of Media24 to accompany the committee during the site visit next Wednesday, saying he does not have the legal authority to grant the media access to the president's private residence. EFF whip Gordrich Gardee says his party is not participating in the committee and will not be part of the site visit to be undertaken to Nkandla. “It's a wasteful expenditure to continue paying a pilgrimage to Nkandla.

Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance (DA) member of the Ad hoc Committee, James Selfe, says his party will only decide whether to be part of the site visit to Nkandla after Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has briefed the committee on his Nkandla report. FF Plus laments Nkandla media ban:Sunday 12 July 2015. The Ad Hoc Committee was set-up to consider the report o n Nkandla by the Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, and will visit Nkabdla in July. (SABC) The Freedom Front Plus (FFPlus) says it's unacceptable that the media cannot be allowed to accompany Parliament's Adhoc Committee on Nkandla during a site visit later this month. This comes after the committee's chairperson Cedric Frolick refused to accede to news organisation Media24, saying he did not have the legal authority to grant anyone access to President Jacob Zuma's private home.

FFPlus Chief Whip Corne Mulder and member of the committee, who had initially suggested that the media should be allowed during the site visit, says he will engage Frolick on the matter. Thus far the committee has never been there. The Ad Hoc Committee was set-up to consider the report by the Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, and will visit Nkabdla this month. "Thus far the committee has never been there. Nkandla, by sabcnewsonline. I dont agree with Nhlekos Nkandla report – Mashatile:Thursday 11 June 2015. Paul Mashatile, a Gauteng ANC leader, who is also an MP, said there could not be a situation where the public was complaining, while government said more money would be spent.

(SABC) African National Congress (ANC) Gauteng chairperson, Paul Mashatile, has come out against Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's report on security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead, saying he does not agree with it. Mashatile was speaking on a panel with Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane and former Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi at the Daily Maverick Gathering in Midrand, Johannesburg, on Thursday. "When the minister gave his report, he said something to the effect that more is going to be spent," Mashatile said. "Now I just want to say that is not the ANC position.

" 'Still going to be discussed by the NEC' Mashatile was interrupted by puppet Chester Missing, who shouted: "Lies, lies. " "So for now, I'd like to say it's his [Nhleko] view. " . SABC News - Nkandla saga must go to Constitutional Court: Madonsela:Monday 1 June 2015. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela plans to write to President Zuma about Nkandla. (SABC) Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is adamant that president Jacob Zuma should pay a certain portion of the money spent on upgrades at Nkandla and advises that the matter be taken to the Constitutional Court.

Madonsela says Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko’s report on Nkandla is full of inconsistencies, inaccuracies, half-truths & distortions. “The report has a lot of mistakes and it’s not a good document.” she says. Madonsela says she is going to write to the president and advise him to make an informed decision on the Nkandla saga, she told SAFM in an interview on Monday. She also explained some of the legal terms that might have caused confusion in an article that appeared on the City Press on Sunday. The Public Protector suggests that the Nkandla matter be taken to the Constitutional Court and have it determine what the president should do, and to give clarity on the powers of her office.

NW ANC in favour of Nhleko report on Nkandla:Saturday 6 June 2015. North West ANC says the country needs to move on from the Nkandla issue. (SABC) The ANC in the North West province has welcomed and supports police minister Nathi Nhleko's report on Nkandla. This comes as opposition parties and other civil organisations are criticizing the report. Nhleko's report found that President Jacob Zuma was not liable to pay anything for security upgrades to his Nkandla residence, contradicting Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's earlier report. ANC Provincial Secretary in the North West, Dakota Legoete, says the province believes that the president and his family have done nothing wrong and the matter must be closed.

Legoete says: "We must forge ahead with other service delivery issues including building a better society. " Parliament meeting to tackle Nkandla report :Tuesday 23 June 2015. Minister Nathi Nhleko's report on Nkandla was released in May. (SABC) Parliament's Adhoc Committee dealing with the Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's report on the Nkandla security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's private residence is meeting on Tuesday. The committee will hold its second meeting since it was established in May. The committee was set to report back to the National Assembly on 7 August. Adhoc Committee Chairperson Cedrick Frolick says Tuesday’s meeting will focus on the programme of the committee. The programme is expected to possibly outline who will be called to give information to the committee. In the last meeting there were calls by the opposition for Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to give information.

Nhleko’s report on Nkandla found that Zuma is not liable to pay back any money that was used for non-security upgrades at his home. Instead Nhleko indicated that outstanding security upgrades have to be done at Nkandla. Click below to watch Nathi Nhleko's Nkandla report: Vavi laments Nkandla report :Wednesday 17 June 2015. Zwelinzima Vavi says the Nkandla report is a cover-up. (SABC) Former Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's report on the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's residence sought to make fools of the whole nation.

Vavi was speaking at the announcement of a massive anti-corruption march to the Union Buildings and Parliament in August, by civil society movements and labour unions, who are concerned about Nkandla, e-tolls and golden handshakes, among other issues. The organisations, including the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), Section 27 and Equal Education, made the announcement in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Almost 40 civil society movements and labour unions have formed an alliance aimed at tackling corruption in the country.

Vavi says there is corruption denialism in government and it must be rooted out. "We're not fools. Nkandla, by sabcnewsonline. Zuma’s response to Nkandla report will divide nation: Analyst:Thursday 3 April 2014. The report found that the President and his family unduly benefited from non-security upgrades to his private residence in Nkandla. (SABC) Political analyst, Somadoda Fikeni says President Jacob Zuma’s response to recommendations on the Public Protector's report on Nkandla will divide the nation and the political landscape.

Zuma responded to the report in a letter to the speaker of the National Assembly, Max Sisulu on Wednesday. He said he will wait for the completion of a probe by the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) before responding fully. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that the President and his family unduly benefited from non-security upgrades to his private residence in Nkandla and recommended that he should repay some costs. Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj has denied accusations that the President is deliberately delaying acting on recommendations of the report. Click below to listen to the full interview. Phiyega denies misleading Parliament over Nkandla report:Monday 31 March 2014. National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega. (SABC) National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega says she was not responsible for misleading Parliament over the Nkandla report, as it was compiled by several stakeholders.

The African National Congress (ANC) is not backing down from its stance that Phiyega should be censured for misleading its national executive committee (NEC) when she told them the swimming pool at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residence was a fire pool. Speaking on Morning Live, Phiyega says she can't give any response until the report is read.

Click below to watch the interview with Riah Phiyega Meanwhile, the NEC will on Monday disclose the outcome of its weekend meeting, at which the Nkandla report was discussed. President Zuma said at the weekend he hadn't been told about the upgrades. Architect faces civil claim on work done in Nkandla :Tuesday 12 August 2014. According to court documents, architect Minenhle Makhanya and the Department of Public Works have 20 days to dispute the claim and to defend the action. (SABC) Architect Minenhle Makhanya and the Department of Public Works are facing a civil claim relating to work done at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) says they are confident of a successful outcome. On Monday the SIU said it would hand in its report about Nkandla early next week.

Security upgrades at Zuma's private residence amounted to R246 million. According to court documents, architect Minenhle Makhanya and the Department of Public Works have 20 days to dispute the claim and to defend the action. The claims detail Makhanya's authorisation of security measures in excess of and beyond, what was advised by SAPS and the SANDF Furthermore it states that Makhanya had varied the scope of the work at Nkandla by authorising installations that did not fall within the security measure scope. Zuma not responsible for Nkandla: ANC:Tuesday 30 September 2014. ANC MP Mathole Motshekga says Thuli Madonsela had not expressly found that President Jacob Zuma violated the Executive Members' Ethics Code(SABC) President Jacob Zuma bears no responsibility for overspending at his Nkandla home, ANC MPs said on Tuesday as they continued Parliament's consideration of the matter. The parliamentary committee on Nkandla resumed without the opposition who withdrew in protest last week.

"It cannot be that there was enrichment that came about as the result of an error of judgment of someone and that the President has something to pay," senior ANC MP Mathole Motshekga said. Motshekga made the remark after telling his five ANC colleagues in the committee he maintained his view that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings were not binding and so the committee did not have to enforce them.

Madonsela ordered as remedial action that the president repay a portion of the R246 million spent on security upgrades at his private Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal. Government officials face a disciplinary hearing over Nkandla upgrades:Monday 29 September 2014. President Jacob Zuma's home in Nkandla. (SABC) A disciplinary hearing against five officials from the Department of Public Works (DPW), in Durban over the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home, is set to begin on Tuesday. The hearing follows the Special Investigating Unit's report and its claim of R155 million against architect Minenhle Makhanya.

According to reports, DPW senior project manager, Jean Rindel is accused of misconduct for allegedly deviating from a competitive process in procuring service providers. The five officials are being represented by the Public Servants Association (PSA). The PSA spokesperson Claude Naicker says these members will be pleading not guilty to all the charges against them. "They approached us recently with the charge sheet prepared by the department itself, we are still busy interviewing each of these staff members and we will be representing them during the cause of this week at the disciplinary hearing. " Zuma has responded to all Nkandla reports: Presidency:Saturday 16 August 2014. Nkandla ad-hoc committee clears Zuma of any wrongdoing :Friday 31 October 2014. The committee says a number of senior government officials and not the President should answer for the expenditure at the Nkandla residence. (SABC) After a long and difficult two months, Parliament's Ad hoc Committee on Nkandla has cleared President Jacob Zuma of any wrongdoing.

The committee comprising of African National Congress (ANC) members, with no members from opposition parties, met till late Thursday night to consider the first draft of its report to the National Assembly. It's instead blamed government officials for their gross negligence in the execution of their duties. The committee says a number of senior government officials and not the President should answer for the expenditure that amounts to R 246 million on his private home. ANC Member of Parliament Mamoloko Kubayi says there was flouting of duty by the accounting officers of the relevant departments. "There was flouting or dereliction of duty by the accounting officers of the relevant departments. DA seeks to ensure Zuma pays Nkandla money:Sunday 2 November 2014.

DA Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane. (SABC) DA Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane says his party is already in the process of seeking legal advice on how to make President Jacob Zuma pay a portion of money spent on non-security upgrades at his private residence, as recommended by the Public Protector. Maimane says this will be the next step if the report compiled by opposition parties into Nkandla is rejected in the National Assembly this week. Maimane led a united opposition walk out of the Nkandla Adhoc Committee after the DA, EFF, COPE, FF-Plus and the IFP wanted the Public Protector's report to supersede all other reports into the security upgrades.

Maimane says his party will do whatever it takes to ensure that President Zuma pays his portion of those non-security upgrades. “The opposition will table the report and subsequent to that report, we will then take the matter forward in terms of how do we ensure that Parliament exhausts all of its actions. Political parties insist on ad hoc committee into Nkandla saga:Friday 15 August 2014. EFF disrupt Zumas response on Nkandla:Thursday 21 August 2014. Timing of Zuma’s Nkandla response alarming:Friday 15 August 2014.

Cosatu calls for accountability on Nkandla report:Thursday 27 March 2014. SIU recommends prosecution over Nkandla saga:Sunday 14 September 2014. Tycoon offers to settle Nkandla debt:Sunday 19 October 2014. Nkandla fence falling apart: report:Sunday 23 November 2014.