President Zuma: there was a political reason behind the Public Protector’s report on Nkandla

President Zuma: there was a political reason behind the Public Protector’s report on Nkandla

- President Zuma says there was nothing factual about corruption claims in Nkandla

- President claims there were political reasons behind Thuli Madonsela’s report on Nkandla

- President Zuma has been ordered to pay back about R7 million for upgrades made to Nkandla

President Jacob Zuma has lashed out at those who accused him of corruption in regards to security upgrades to his Nkandla home. The President says these allegations were never factual and were politically motivated.

President Zuma made these comments during an exclusive interview with controversial news channel ANN7.

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The President claims that there were political reasons behind the then Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on Nkandla. The report found that President Zuma and his family had benefited unduly from non-security upgrades to the homestead. learned from Eyewitness News that President Zuma shrugged off suggestions that he had acted unlawfully or breached his oath to the Constitution. “If you remember when the story about Nkandla started... 'Zuma has chowed so many millions'. There were three investigations and they found nothing, absolutely nothing."

During the interview, President Zuma made direct reference to a Constitutional Court judgement which had found that he had failed to uphold section 96 of the Constitution by not stopping non-security upgrades to his property.

President Zuma said the ruling suggested that he acted funny towards his oath. “The judgment comes and creates an impression that this Zuma has done so much. I’m just saying.”

Thuli Madonsela said that she was satisfied that the President had done enough to show remorse in the Nkandla matter by paying back the agreed amount of money.

President Zuma famously had to apply for a personal loan to the value of about R7.8 million to pay for non-security upgrades as per the order from the Office of the Public Protector.

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