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ANC blasts DA over Nkandla case

The ANC's Moloto Mothapo accused the DA of being opportunistic by approaching the courts.

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

CAPE TOWN - The ANC on Monday criticised the Democratic Alliance (DA) for turning to the courts to get access to the Nkandla report.

The document details how government spent R200 million on upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private home in KwaZulu-Natal.

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko's lawyers filed papers in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

The opposition party wants the Department of Public Works to give it the secret report.

"In my view, it is our best chance of getting to the important bits of this report," Mazibuko said.

She said the DA wants to ascertain who gave authorisation for the upgrades and if overtime costs were inflated.

But the ANC's Moloto Mothapo says the report is being dealt with by Parliament's standing committee on intelligence.

He accused the DA of simply being opportunistic.

"We have become accustomed to the DA's tendency to frustrate and undermine the constitutional mandate of Parliament by constantly calling on the judiciary to interfere in matters before the institution."

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is also investigating the Nkandla upgrades.

Zuma maintains he has done nothing wrong.