Presidency notes Public Protector’s report

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pretoria – The Presidency says it has noted the release of the final report of the Public Protector into the security upgrades at the Nkandla private residence of President Jacob Zuma.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Presidency said President Jacob Zuma would study the contents of the Public Protector’s report.

“The report has been made public and it has also been presented to Parliament.

“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.

“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,” The Presidency said.

The Presidency also said the release of the report demonstrated that “one of the key successes of our democracy is the Constitution with its important features such as the institutions supporting and strengthening constitutional democracy,” which includes Chapter 9 Institutions.

The Presidency also said President Zuma reaffirmed the important role of the Chapter 9 institutions and emphasised that the country should take pride in their existence, as we celebrate 20 years of freedom and democracy and guard against the abuse and misuse of these institutions.

“The President has consistently been concerned about the allegations of impropriety around procurement in the Nkandla project.

“It is for this reason that government appointed an Inter-Ministerial Task Team,” the statement read. –

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