Anomalies found in Nkandla report

Overcharging and grave variations in cost are just some of the anomalies found in the report.

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

CAPE TOWN - Serious anomalies have been found in the Nkandla report which details the millions spent on upgrading President Jacob Zuma's residence.

There were debates in Parliament in which opposition parliamentarians demanded the report be made public.

Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin told MPs the discrepancies in the findings included overcharging.

"The department produced a preliminary report indicating that there were serious anomalies like overcharging and grave variations in cost."

He said the government were not hiding anything and that the Department of Public Works only looked at construction.

He added that the committee must deal with sensitive matters like security at Nkandla.

"We want this parliament to be able to have full scope without any hindrance but of course in camera because we are dealing with security matters and we are not trying to cover up anything."

The report is currently being considered behind closed doors by parliament's joint standing committee on intelligence.

The Democratic Alliance's Lindiwe Mazibuko said the report shouldn't be classified because the investigation is not related to the National Key Points Act.

"It's not about whether or not it's a national key point, this is a tender fraud investigation and has nothing to do with national security."

She wants Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi to explain what law he used to classify the report.

"The reality is that the entire referral of this report to a closed committee is without basis. It should have been made public and then referred to the appropriate portfolio committee to deliberate upon in an open and transparent manner."

Mazibuko said the report should be declassified.

"We can only conclude that this is an attempt to cover up the events surrounding this scandal and to protect those at the top form being held accountable. The report must be sent back to the minister and declassified without any further delay."

Cronin expects a thorough investigation of all parties involved in the construction by a joint standing committee.

But he admits that spending over R200 million on the project will be very hard to justify.

"It's clearly outrageous and hard to justify and I would be very anxious for the committee to tell us with rigorous interrogation not just for Public Works but also with the security cluster of the departments."

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