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Nkandla: If there's wrongdoing minister will act

The Public Works Ministry will deal accordingly with any wrongdoing regarding the Nkandla upgrade.

The Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - The Public Works Ministry on Wednesday said decisive action would be taken if a probe into the controversial multi-million rand upgrade to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home uncovers evidence of wrongdoing.

The debacle continues to dog the Zuma administration following a public outcry over the cost of the refurbishments.

The department said Minister Thulas Nxesi would not pre-empt the findings of an investigation by the auditor-general into the contentious upgrade.

It also added he would not act based on speculation.

He reiterated there were two aspects to the upgrade, ensuring the president's safety and accountability for public funds, yet he refused to discuss the matter openly, citing the National Key Points Act. This has only further fuelled the frustrations of opposition parties, who are accusing the state of hiding information.

Nxesi has in the past emphasised he would not hesitate to take action if the probe uncovers any evidence of corruption.

Meanwhile, some opposition parties have tabled a notion of no-confidence in Zuma following the Nkandla development and the Marikana shooting.

The parties believe the cost of the development, which is said to be over R200 million, is a slap in the face of the poor.

At the same time, Zuma has maintained that he is doing nothing wrong by upgrading his home.