Madonsela visits Nkandla

The Public Protector is conducting her own investigation into the spending at Nkandla.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has visited President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal to inspect the government funded upgrades for herself.

Madonsela's visit on Monday forms part of her own investigation which she is conducting into the spending.

However, she said she cannot disclose her conclusions or observations yet, but will reflect her observations in her final report which is expected to be released late next month.

Madonsela said the inspection was necessary.

"If you are investigating something that is tangible and there are disputes of fact on certain issues, you often go to the site to see exactly what is the situation so that it can enrich your understanding."

There's been a huge outcry over Nkandla with claims officials are protecting President Zuma.


In January, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said government had spent R206 million on upgrades and consultants.

Nxesi later classified the report as 'top secret' 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.

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

Last month, Nxesi gave Madonsela a copy of a classified investigation report into the spending, but said it would remain secret.

At the time, Madonsela told Talk Radio 702 that there were some details she would not be able to reveal. She said her team would treat information about security measures with care and would "not provide" details about them.


Earlier this month, Nxesi said the DA's decision to appeal his failure to release the so-called Nkandla report was premature.

Nxesi wrote 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 upgrade.

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.