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Zuma has comprehensively replied to Nkandla reports - ANC

Office of the Chief Whip says it would have been remiss of the President to confine himself to just the PP's report

PRESIDENT HAS SUFFICIENTLY AND COMPREHENSIVELY RESPONDED TO PARLIAMENT

18 August 2014

The Office of the ANC Chief Whip is satisfied with President Jacob Zuma's comprehensive response to all important reports, including the report of the Public Protector, relating to the security upgrades at his Nkandla private residence.

In responding to Parliament on this matter, it was important and appropriate that the President takes into account not only one but all the applicable reports produced thus far in relation to the project to assist Parliament to sufficiently process the matter. It would have been amiss for the President to confine himself to a single report at the expense of the rest. The Public Protector's report, "Secure in Comfort", itself does make reference to several reports already issued in this regard.

A Parliamentary process that should deal with all the relevant reports regarding the security upgrades at Nkandla private residence must now be allowed to take its course. We are confident that in processing the matter, the opinions of various role players, including those of the Public Protector, would be formally sought by Parliament. This process should therefore be respected.

Statement issued by the Office of the ANC Chief Whip, August 18 2014

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