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Cwele denies classifying Nkandla report

The only people who could classify the document were its authors, the State Security Department said.

The Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - The State Security Ministry on Monday denied it had anything to do with classifying the findings of a probe into the multi-million rand upgrade at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

The long-awaited findings of the R206 million upgrade is being kept under wraps.

But State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele said he did not classify the report as top secret.

Department spokesperson Brian Dube said the minister could not override the task team's decision to keep the findings private.

"In terms of the prevailing framework that we currently use, the person that can classify a document is the author. In this instance, this report was authored by a task team, appointed by the Minister of Public Works [Thulas Nxesi]."

Dube said the Public Works Department had to answer questions about the findings as it was their responsibility.

"It is the task team that could have classified the report, not someone else."

In 2012, Nxesi commissioned a task team from the justice and security cluster to investigate claims of irregularities in the use of public funds.

In June, government announced that the Nkandla report would be classified as "top secret".

This means the Public Protector and Auditor General will not be able to access it.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has indicated its intention to take the matter to court in order to have the report declassified.

The opposition party believes the public has a right to know what is in the report.

Zuma denies any wrongdoing regarding the controversial upgrade.

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