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More details on Nkandla upgrade

A report reveals that R50 million of the R206 million was spent on consultancy fees.

President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - New details have emerged about the R206 million upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla home.

They are contained in a report by Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence.

In June, the multi-party committee was asked to consider the report of the probe into the Nkandla spending carried out by a government task team.

The committee's report was tabled in the National Assembly on Thursday.

The report reveals Zuma owns just under four hectares at Nkandla while the state acquired another five to build the security features it insists are necessary.

While short on details, the report breaks down the R206 million costs.

It says 52 percent was spent on state-owned land while around R50 million was spent on Zuma's personal property.

Another R50 million went on consultancy fees.

The report also questions the need for what it calls parallel investigations and suggests the law be changed to prevent them in future.

It justifies the classification of the government's report as top secret and recommends the auditor general investigates further, but it says he should report back to the committee which meets in secret.

Meanwhile, the state security cluster has denied they tried to stop Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla investigation.

The ministers, who tried to prevent the release of the report, on Thursday abandoned their legal bid.

They say they wanted more time to study Madonsela's preliminary findings.

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