'Nkandla secrecy undermines constitution'

Vusi Pikoli says there is a conflict of interest in the proclamation the SIU must get to start its probe.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Former National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli said on Tuesday the delays and the secrecy surrounding the various investigations into government spending on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residence was undermining one of the fundamental pillars of the constitution.

In January, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said over R200 million had been spent on Zuma's home explaining that the money was used only for security upgrades.

Over the last few weeks Parliament had decided to discuss the public works probe into Nkandla behind closed doors.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said one department had still not given her the information she had requested.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) confirmed it was still waiting for a a Presidential Proclamation to begin its investigations.

"One of the values of our constitution demands that we have a government which is accountable." Pikoli said.

He added there was also conflict of interest that the President has to tell the SIU to begin its probe.

Zuma's home features underground bunkers, a clinic, a fire station, special quarters for police, and a helipad.