Zuma and the journalist who first uncovered Nkandla

JOHANNESBURG - This week, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her long-awaited report into President Jacob Zuma&39;s Nkandla home upgrade, but it was actually the Mail & Guardian&39;s Mandy Rossouw who first uncovered the scandal.

Rossouw stumbled on the story by chance in 2009. In 2013, she unexpectedly died, at the age of 33.

Her expose uncovered the R65m Nkandla splurge and had it not been for the tenacity she showed, Madonsela&39;s findings might never have been made. 

The paper&39;s now editor-in-chief, who accompanied Rossouw on a visit to Nkandla when she picked up the story, has chatted to eNCA about the find and the journalist with a track-record of picking up exclusive news. Watch in the gallery above.

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