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“The DA will also be studying the report closely and tabling substantive motions against all other Ministers who have been implicated for wrong doing in this report.”
She said impeachment is the correct course of action for this flagrant abuse of public money.
It should be noted that an impeachment process is without precedent in democratic South Africa.
It refers to the power the National Assembly holds, in terms of section 89 of the Constitution, to remove a President from office if he has acted in “serious violation of the Constitution or law”, or is believed to have committed “serious misconduct”.
An impeachment is more serious than a motion of no confidence because if the President is removed from office he will lose benefits of office and be unable to hold any public office again.
DA said it is a fitting sanction for a President who abuses his office for personal gain.
On 30 September 2012, DA wrote to the Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, to request that she investigate the over R200 million upgrade of President Zuma’s private home in Nkandla.
Lindiwe said the report released on Wednesday was the culmination of a long struggle by the DA in parliament to get to the truth of the Nkandla matter.
“The DA welcomes the release of this final report and that its recommendations are being made public. We know that Adv. Mandonsela faced major challenges. We know too that many Ministers – and reportedly the President himself – sought to influence her investigation and prevent it from taking place,” she noted.
“Today is an historic day in our fight against the corruption, cronyism and nepotism which have run rampant during President Jacob Zuma’s term in office. It is a victory for the Constitution and the rule of law. The public protector’s damning findings show the extent to which President Zuma has been implicated for this role in the Nkandlagate scandal and that his actions were “inconsistent” with the Constitution.”
The latest developments come a time when of increased criticism of the entrenched corruption within the ruling Africa National Congress (ANC) party ahead of a presidential election.
According to the investigation report, President Zuma ‘tacitly’ accepted implementations of security upgrades; the appointment of President Zuma’s private architect represents a conflict of interest; and the ‘excessive expenditure’ added significant value to the President’s private property.
The investigation showed that Zuma and other cabinet ministers tried to quash the Public Protector’s Nkandla report which is a violation of the Public Protector’s Act and that he violated the Executive Ethics Code, which is given effect to by the Executive Ethics Act.
The prosecutor general said President Zuma must pay back part of the cost for the visitor centre; amphitheatre; cattle kraal; chicken run and swimming pool.
It was also discovered that the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, failed to apply his mind when he declared Mr Zuma’s house a National Key Point Act.
For the last two years, South Africans have voiced their outrage that over R200 million of public money was spent on President Zuma’s private home in Nkandla.
Lindiwe said images of this multi-million rand compound are a stark reminder that this is a President who puts himself first and the people second.
In a statement issued on Thursday evening, Zuma said in a statement that he has consistently been concerned about the allegations of impropriety around procurement in the Nkandla project and that it was for this reason that government appointed an Inter-Ministerial Task Team.
“In addition, last December, President Zuma directed the Special Investigating Unit to probe alleged maladministration committed during the implementation of the security upgrades at Nkandla. In this context, the Public Protector’s report will be an additional tool which will fall under the consideration of President Zuma in addressing allegations of maladministration,” said the presidency.
“The President will study the findings and recommendations of the Public Protector in the context of the existing government interventions, and will communicate his response in due course.”
According to reports, President Zuma used public money to build the following:
R1.4 million Kraal;
R5.9 million helipad;
R2.8 million pool and parking lot;
R16 million was spent on an architect linked to the President; and
R9 million was spent on roads surrounding and inside Nkandla
R10 million on costs associated to the construction of a helipad;
R160,000 spent on special lighting at the estate’s “social node”;
R210,000 spent on a timber pergola over parking at the residential arrival;
R500,000 on a tuck-shop and associated costs included in the same line item;
R700,000 spent on paving between the residential terrace and other walkways;
R2 million spent on refuse-removal facilities;
the relocation of neighbouring families;
“the retaining wall” – or amphitheatre ;
visitors waiting room, and
the construction of houses to accommodate SAPS and SANDF personnel