Madonsela releases Nkandla report

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The Democratic Alliance said that it would request the Public Protector to investigate reports about President Jacob Zuma's rental for the land which his Nkandla home was built.

JOHANNESBURG – The Public Protector has released the provisional report on her investigation into President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence.

Advocate Thuli Madonsela was investigating allegations of impropriety and unethical conduct relating to the installation and implementation of security measures by the Department of Public Works regarding multi-million rand residence.

In a statement released on Friday, it said: “The report has, for now, been released to organs of state within the security cluster for them to make comments on security concerns they might have.”

“Organs of state within the cluster made a special request to have access to the report before it is shared with the rest of the parties, with a view to commenting on whether or not it compromises the security of the president,” it added.

On Thursday, the Public Protector said the report would be released within 48 hours.

The deadline for comments on the report was set for Wednesday, November 6.

The multi-million rand security upgrade of the president’s residence at his hometown became a topic of discussion after close friends of his family were awarded exorbitant contracts for various services at the site.

Minister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi, has refused on numerous occasions to state reasons for the alleged security upgrade that cost the taxpayer more than R200 million.

 

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