Pretoria – South Africa’s Public Protector Adv. Thuli Madonsela today visited President Jacob Zuma’s residence in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal as part of her investigation relating to the alleged misuse of taxpayers’ monies to build the president’s compound.
Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula accompanied the public protector, reportedly because the public protector requested her to do so.
This comes after Madonsela’s office sent a request to President Zuma requesting for permission to view his Nkandla residence, reports government news portal SANews.
The visit was an “inspection in loco” as part of the investigation by the Madonsela’s office into the work done by government departments on the “security upgrade” of the residence.
At a meeting held with the public protector, the ministers of the security cluster informed her of the President Zuma’s decision to grant such approval.
Minister Mapisa-Nqakula, a team of senior government officials, the public protector and her team proceeded to Nkandla this morning and remained there until she was done with her work.
SANews said “government wants to re-iterate its commitment to cooperate with the investigation of the public protector”.
“We also appreciate that the [public protector] recognises the sensitive nature of the security matters related to the residences of [presidents],” the government portal continued.
“The public protector and government have agreed that the necessary care needs to be taken to ensure that security is not compromised while this inspection takes place,” said Minister Mapisa-Nqakula’s special advisor, Mike Ramagoma. -seniorjournalism.com