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Nkandla report declared top secret

The report on Jacob Zuma’s controversial KwaZulu-Natal homestead has been classified top secret.

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

CAPE TOWN - A report on the contentious multi-million rand upgrade of President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home has been classified as top secret.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Thursday said the document would not be made public.

He told Parliament this means he would not be able to give copies of the report to the Auditor General or the Public Protector, who are also meant to be investigating the upgrades to Zuma's home.

National Assembly speaker Max Sisulu has been waiting three months for Nxesi to table the Nkandla report.

His understanding was that the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence, which meets behind closed doors, would deal with sensitive parts related to security but that parts dealing with construction, over-charging and other possible fraud or corruption could be referred to other committees that are open to the public.

Nxesi's letter to Sisulu said the report was top secret in terms of the Minimum Information Security Standards policy.

The Democratic Alliance has cried foul over the move, saying the top secret classification was invalid and part of a bid to shield the president from accountability.

Speaking to Talk Radio 702 on Thursday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said he hoped the details of the spending on Zuma's Nkandla homestead would be released to the public soon.

"There are further investigative processes and from a government point of view we want to know who overcharged, to what extent and how do we recover the money. I hope my colleagues can give those facts to the public soon," said Gordhan.