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AG has not requested Nkandla report

Auditor-General Terence Nombembe's office is carrying out various audits into govt spending.

Auditor-General Terence Nombembe. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The Public Works Ministry has confirmed that Auditor-General Terence Nombembe has not yet requested a copy of the Nkandla report.

The report which was classified as 'top secret' by Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, investigates how government spent over R200 million on an upgrade to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu Natal.

While the ministry's Phillip Masilo says the department is working with Nombembe in his investigation, he says the Auditor-General hasn't actually received a copy of the report.

"There have been some discussions. The only outstanding issue is the issue of documents being delivered. However there have been no specific requests for the report itself."

Nombembe's office will say only that it is in the process of carrying out its various audits on government spending.

Last week, the ministry handed over a copy of the report to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who is conducting her own investigation.

In an interview with Talk Radio 702, She 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."

Madonsela added that she should be able to provide feedback in about seven to 10 days, but told Talk Radio 702 that there were 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."

There's been much controversy over this with the Public Works Department now adamant that Minister Nxesi followed all the right procedures when he classified the report.

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

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

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