'Zuma misled parliament on Nkandla'

Thuli Madonsela has reportedly found that Zuma received 'substantial personal benefit' from Nkandla upgrades.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's explosive Nkandla report wants President Jacob Zuma to account to parliament for the "substantial personal benefit" he derived from upgrades at his private Nkandla residence.

The Mail & Guardian has this morning published details of Madonsela's preliminary report titled "Opulence on a grand scale".

Government has tried to stop the release of this draft report, arguing it breaches national security and endangers Zuma's safety.

Security cluster ministers have claimed that all they paid for was the security upgrades to the compound.

But Madonsela's report finds that to be a lie.

The report talks about the "uncontrolled creep" of the project's scope including a swimming pool, guest houses, a cattle kraal, a visitor's centre and extensive paving.

Madonsela's report finds Zuma violated the Executive Ethics Code by failing to protect state resources and misleading Parliament.

That would be deeply embarrassing for a president.

Madonsela's report concludes that the R208 million upgrades exceeded the security needs of the residence.

Government is likely to condemn the media leak while Madonsela has said in court papers that her office is not responsible.


Earlier this week, Eyewitness News obtained unreleased aerial photographs of Nkandla which lay bare the full extent of development around the area.

While photos taken from aircraft have been published before, the pictures provided by technology website TechCentral were taken by a high-altitude mapping plane which are used by the likes of Google Earth.

A 2008 Google Earth satellite image of Zuma's homestead looked like before any development.

A 2010 aerial view of Nkandla taken off Google Earth.

The newly acquired image taken by an aerial mapping company using a hi-tech, high-altitude mapping aircraft in August 2013 shows the full development.

Last week, the security cluster warned the media against publishing pictures of the compound, but later clarified that only pictures of security features may not be published.

s security detail, which are located between the new twin helipads and recreation area.

Taxpayers have funded an athletics track, basketball court and artificial turf football pitch.

From the far west corner of the sports field, to the bottom east end of Nkandla's farm land, it's about a kilometre wide, more than double the size in 2006.

TechCentral's Duncan Mcleod said the image is likely to be added to Google maps next year.

Madonsela is expected to release the Nkandla report early next year.