‘There has been a cover-up at Nkandla’

Mathews Phosa says the truth about the Nkandla homestead must come out.

Former ANC Treasurer-General Mathews Phosa. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former ANC Treasurer-General Mathews Phosa says he believes there's been a cover-up over security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

Phosa, who failed in his bid to stay on in the ANC's top leadership at Mangaung last year, says the truth about Nkandla must come out.

"I don't think anybody has tried to justify Nkandla. I think there has been a bit of a cover-up, we need to know the truth and I think the sooner we know the truth, the better."

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has refused to make public a government investigation report into why his department spent over R200 million on Zuma's residence.

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.

DA WINS NKANDLA COURT BID

In September, Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko approached the court in a bid to force government to publically release its report into upgrades at Nkandla.

The Western Cape High Court on Tuesday found that the DA's Nkandla application is urgent.

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

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

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

Nxesi also accused Mazibuko of 'petty politicking'.

DA Member if Parliament Anchen Dreyer said, "Our contention all along was that this matter is urgent and important because we're going into an election next year and voters need to know how their money is being spent."

She said, "It must be heard sooner rather than later. We are delighted with the court case. It's a victory for accountability and democracy."

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