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Nxesi mum on presidential upgrades

Citing security considerations, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi wouldn’t reveal any figures.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi reveals the results of the Nkandla investigation by his department on 27 January 2013 in Pretoria. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Wednesday remained mum about what his department spent to upgrade homes that were declared national key points.

The minister also failed to discuss how much money was spent on former president Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki's homes.

The questions were raised by the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Nxesi, citing security considerations, wouldn't reveal any figures.

"We cannot divulge the information related to security, unless it is provided in an appropriate forum."

DA Member of Parliament Anchen Dreyer told Nxesi that R206 million was spent on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home, while only R3,5 million was spent on Mbeki's home when he left office.

"This massive inflation of costs points to fraud and corruption, and the public has a right to know."

But Nxesi would not budge.

Zuma maintains his government is committed to fighting corruption.

In February, he called on the public to work with government to fight corruption.