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DA wins first round of Nkandla case

The Western Cape High Court found that the DA’s Nkandla application is urgent.

President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home. Picture: City Press

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court on Tuesday found that the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Nkandla application is urgent.

The opposition party approached the Cape Town court in a bid to force government to publically release its report into upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

The matter will now be heard in February 2014, ahead of the general election.

The Department of Public Works opposed the move, arguing the matter was not urgent.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi also accused DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko of petty politicking.

Mazibuko's lawyers argued the matter was urgent because the report into the R200 million upgrades would be of interest to voters ahead of 2014 polls.

"We're very happy. This is exactly the outcome we'd hoped for," Mazibuko said.

The report has been kept under wraps since it was finalised nine months ago.

Only members of Parliament's joint standing committee on intelligence have seen the document.

Officials say they are sworn to secrecy.

In September, Mazibuko approached the court to compel the department to provide her with a copy.