Nxesi: DA obsessed with Zuma

The Public Works Minister says the opposition is using the Nkandla report as a publicity stunt.

FILE: Minister of Public Works Thulas Nxesi. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Tuesday slammed Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko's court bid to force him to make the "top secret" Nkandla report public.

On Monday, her lawyers filed papers in the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town.

The DA wants to ascertain who gave authorisation for the R200 million upgrades on President Jacob Zuma's private residence in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

It also wants to find out if costs were inflated.

According to Nxesi, the move is a publicity stunt that shows Mazibuko's party is obsessed with the president.

The report is believed to detail the task team's investigation into why government spent over R200 million on the homestead.

Nxesi repeatedly claimed the money was spent only on security upgrades, despite reports the home now had two AstroTurf football pitches and a tuck shop for one of Zuma's wives.

Mazibuko's court papers reveal her real intention is purely political, Nxesi's legal advisor Phillip Masilo said.

"What she's saying is that the electorate must have sight of that report for them to make a choice when they go and vote - that's the crux of the matter. That's the reason why she wants the report released."

Last week, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said her own preliminary Nkandla report had been completed.

But her office was still waiting for a few outstanding documents which were holding up the process.

Madonsela said details of the delay would be disclosed when the final report was released.