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Nxesi to probe Nkandla leak

Minister Thulas Nxesi will not divulge the details of President Jacob Zuma’s homestead.

The upgraded Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, which allegedly cost more than R200 million to upgrade. Picture: City Press

JOHANNESBURG - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Tuesday said he was not going to investigate how much money was spent on upgrading the development around President Jacob Zuma's homestead in Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal.

But Nxesi said he would investigate how the City Press newspaper came to possess what he said are "secret documents".

On Sunday, the newspaper said that documents it possesses show government spent over R200 million on the development.

Zuma allegedly only contributed R10 million towards the upgrade.

Nxesi said all the upgrades around the president's home are in accordance with the ministerial handbook.

He said the home is a national key point and he could not explain what those upgrades are.

City Press deputy editor Adriaan Basson said the minister should not focus on the whistle blower.

"We are disappointed that Nxesi would rather investigate our source [for the story] rather than the amount of money spent on the homestead. It is shocking."

Nxesi's officials said only the minister can do interviews on this issue and he was not available.