Cape Town – A group calling themselves the Public Members’ Unit Team (PMUT) has sent a letter to the public protector and Parliament offering to pay back money on behalf of President Jacob Zuma for upgrades to his home in Nkandla.
According to Eyewitness News the group’s offer, which would be paid if it is found that Zuma owes money for the upgrades, was read before Parliament’s ad hoc committee on Nkandla on Thursday.
The letter states: “We as the Public Members Unit Team feel that this issue has humiliated the President of the Republic of South Africa … we’ll pay back the money on behalf of President Jacob Zuma.”
PMUT chair Vumelani Mchunu said in the letter that the handling and investigation of the Nkandla upgrade was a disgrace.
He says with PMUT willingness to pay back the money, MPs and ministers could concentrate on service delivery.
During the sitting committee chairperson Cedrick Frolick read a second letter from the group Concerned Lawyers and Educationists for Equality Before the Law, relating to a complaint against the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Netwerk24 reported.
The group claimed Madonsela’s report, “Secure in Comfort”, was flawed in law and full of inconsistencies and errors.
The committee resolved that the complaint must be referred to Parliament’s portfolio committee on justice.
“What this letter is essentially saying is that they have a major problem with the way that the public protector, according to them, is conducting her work and has conducted her work, and because of that they’re laying a formal complaint against the public protector in Parliament,” Frolick said. – News24