ANC happy Mthethwa 'cleared his name'
The ANC on Sunday said it was happy Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa subjected himself to an investigation into claims of corruption in order to clear his name.
"This demonstrated his willingness to clear his name and prove wrong those who accused him," party spokesman Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.
"The ANC remain convinced that the allegations levelled against the minister were groundless and malicious."
On Friday, Auditor General Terence Nombembe found that secret service funds were used to pay for a security wall built around Mthethwa's private home.
However, Nombembe had found no evidence that Mthethwa was aware of the source of the funding, and the minister was therefore not implicated in a policy.
Mthembu said the African National Congress welcomed Nombembe's findings.
"This finding has reaffirmed the rectitude and credentials of Minister Nathi as an anti-corruption champion and as leader of our people in good standing," he said.
Nombembe's findings were released three months after Mthethwa asked the AG to probe press reports that R200,000 from the slush fund was used to pay for the wall around his home in KwaZulu-Natal.
According to the reports, the fund was also used pay for a Mercedes Benz for the minister.
Nombembe said he was not presented with any evidence linking the minister to the car.
Mthethwa welcomed the findings and said he felt vindicated.