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National Key Points Act under review

The declaration of national key points has been a contentious issue following upgrades to Zuma’s home.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa announces the latest crime statistics at Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, 20 September 2012. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Thursday said his department's legal unit is reviewing the National Key Points Act.

He was delivering his department's budget speech vote in Parliament, Cape Town.

The declaration of national key points has been a contentious issue after it emerged that the president's private home in Nkandla had been declared one.

Government has spent more than R200 million on consultants and security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead, using tax money.

The Public Protector is remaining mum on which department has been keeping crucial documents from investigators and also won't say which documents are still outstanding.

Mthethwa has asked his department's legal team to relook at the National Key Points Act.

The draft bill was initially introduced in 2007, but only progressed as far as the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) when the process stalled.

The police minister told Members of Parliament (MPs) the Act needs to be realigned with the Constitution.

"I have appointed an advisory committee to assist me in evaluating this very important area."

It is expected the advisory committee will finalise the first part of its work by the end of July.

The bill will then be introduced to Parliament.

Government has repeatedly refused to release the list of national key points due to security concerns.