The presidency sends letters to reprimand ministers involved in Nkandla

The presidency says it has started with implementing remedial actions proposed by the Public Protector's report on Nkandla.

In the statement, the presidency says letters of reprimand have been sent to the ministers involved- Public Works Minister, Thulas Nxesi, former Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, and former Public Works Minister, Geoff Doidge.

It further says President Jacob Zuma will pay back a reasonable amount for the non-security upgrades on his Nkandla homestead.

This follows the Constitutional Court's judgement ordering President Jacob Zuma to comply with the Public Protectors recommendations.

Xolani Gwala spoke to Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter following the story and Deputy Minister of Public Works, Jeremy Cronin, who defended Minister Thulas Nxesi saying he should not be reprimanded on Nkandla.

Listen to the interview below....

They say the payment of a reasonable percentage of the cost for the non-security upgrades in Nkandla will be paid but now it's up to the treasury to determine that amount.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

So they should be back at the Constitutional Court at the end of May with that amount and then Zuma will be given another period of time to actually pay back that money.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

Our reading of the public protector's report and the Constitutional Court's judgement was that the references to the public works minister were explicitly to the former public works minister and were not at all directed to minister Nxesi. Clearly the presidency's advisers have a different view.

Jeremy Cronin, Deputy Minister of Public Works

I don't think Minister Nxesi is guilty of anything, but we need to accept responsibility as incoming minister and deputy minister.

Jeremy Cronin, Deputy Minister of Public Works
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