'Nothing wrong with Nkandla classification'

Public Works Dept says the classification of the Nkandla report was guided by govt policy.

Minister of Public Works Thulas Nxesi. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Public Works said on Wednesday the classification of the controversial Nkandla report by Minister Thulas Nxesi as 'top secret' was guided by government policy and there was nothing untoward about it.

The minister classified the report after it was considered by a joint standing committee in Parliament behind closed doors.

The report investigated how government spent over R200 million on President Jacob Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

Nxesi's legal advisor Phillip Masilo said the minister has been open with the public about the investigation.

"There is no evidence on any attempt by the minister to cover up the investigation. He reported to the public how much was spent. He has indicated to the public that there were irregularities, processes were not followed and there's evidence of overcharging."

The report has now been handed over to Public Protector Thuli Mandonsela who is conducting her own investigation.

In an interview with Talk Radio 702 on Wednesday morning, Madonsela said her probe will benefit from the classified Nkandla report.

Madonsela confirmed she received the report but said, "I can't really say if we've found anything concrete, but there are certainly aspects of the report that can enrich our investigation."

She added that she should be able to provide feedback in about seven to 10 days, but told Talk Radio 702 that there are some details she would not be able to reveal.

"When it comes to the kind of detail, not about money, but about security measures that may compromise the security involved, we will not provide it."

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) still wants Nxesi to explain why he appeared to blame State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele for classifying the Nkandla report saying if he doesn't it will ask Parliament to take action against him.