Outcome on Nkandla probe imminent

A task team is due to release its report on the Nkandla upgrade investigation in the next few weeks. Picture: City Press

JOHANNESBURG - The public should know within the next few weeks if there were any irregularities in the upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's rural home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, which reportedly cost the taxpayer about R245 million.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi will release the findings of the investigation by his department in the next few weeks.

Last year, government was at pains to say no details would be made available about the security upgrade at Nkandla because the site is a national key point.

No evidence that the home was officially declared a national key point could be produced. 

A task team was established to look into the matter.

Ministerial advisor Philip Mosielo said, “The task team was [looking into whether] the president’s residence is a national key point or not.”

If the Nkandla compound is a national key point, the government is not compelled to release information about it for security purposes.

Last month, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said Zuma had admitted the National Key Point Act processes were not followed in the construction of the Nkandla home.

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said Zuma also revealed he did not receive a notification that the site had been declared a national key point, as is required by Section 3 of the National Key Point Act of 1980.

But Zuma has consistently maintained that part of the development was funded by a bond taken out by his family.