Govt, ANC mum on Nkandla report leak

The ANC says it will await the final report before making comments on the actual findings.

President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Government and the ANC are yet to respond to the explosive findings in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's leaked provisional report on upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

Madonsela herself has slammed the leak as well as the Mail & Guardian for publishing details of the R215 million upgrades to the president's private home in KwaZulu-Natal.

According to the newspaper, the report found Zuma personally benefited from the upgrades.

It says he should account to Parliament and repay the state for some of the lavish features.

Government maintains the security upgrades are justified while the ruling party says it's waiting for the final report before commenting on its details.

Earlier on Friday, ministers in the security cluster met with Madonsela to discuss the leak.

Government spokesperson Phumla Williams says the protector denies her office is behind the leak.

"She assured them [the cluster] that it is not her office and assured the ministers that they are going to honour the commitment they made to them and the South African public on how they're going to be releasing the report."

Williams says they stand by the findings of an internal investigation already carried out, adding, "The president has not been involved in any wrongdoing in this particular project."

But Madonsela's provisional report, titled 'Opulence on a Grand Scale', says the upgrades at Nkandla went far beyond Zuma's security needs.

It says the president violated the executive ethics code.

The report also found political interference in the appointment of an architect.

Opposition parties are calling for investigations and a petition calling for Zuma's impeachment is doing the rounds on social media.

But political analyst Prince Mashele believes the ANC will protect Zuma, who is no stranger to scandals.

"The president is not worried about this. He's probably floating in his swimming pool in Nkandla as we speak."