Nxesi awaits Nkandla report
The minister revealed he has ordered an investigation into irregularities within his department.
JOHANNESBURG - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Friday revealed that he has ordered an investigation into the upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal, as part of a wider probe into irregularities within his department.
While the minister avoided questions on the controversial project, he says it could be a matter of weeks before he receives the report.
According to media reports, the upgrades cost over R200 million in taxpayers' money.
But Zuma maintains that part of the development was funded by a bond taken out by his family.
During an address in Kempton Park on Gauteng's East Rand, Nxesi continued to play his cards close to his chest.
He made this comment when asked about the upgrades.
"I don't want to preempt the report, but there is a particular trend in [the] Public Works [Department] of overpricing projects."
Nxesi says Nkandla may just be the tip of the iceberg.
"Through my initiative, the director general and even the auditor general, were requested to audit all the prestige projects - not just to audit Nkandla."
The minister says if any wrongdoing is unearthed, there will be harsh consequences.