DA: Nxesi 'burying' Nkandla Report

Thulas Nxesi says the DA will see the report once it’s been considered by the Committee on Intelligence.

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

CAPE TOWN - Department of Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Friday the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s decision to appeal his failure to release the so-called Nkandla report yet is premature.

Nxesi has written to DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko urging her to reconsider after she made a formal request for his task team's report on the controversial R200 million upgrade of President Jacob Zuma's private KwaZulu-Natal home in June.

The request was made under the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) but was rejected.

Nxesi said the DA should wait until the report has been considered by Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence.

But Mazibuko said the minister must, by law, give reasons for rejecting her application under the PAIA.

"What the minister is trying to do is send that committee into a burial ground for this report."

She said there's nothing stopping Nxesi giving her a copy of the report with security related details blacked out.

But Nxesi said Mazibuko should wait until the intelligence committee decides how to deal with the report.