Public urged to wait for Nkandla report
The public has been cautioned to wait for a final report on Jacob Zuma’s more than R200m upgrade to Nkandla.
JOHANNESBURG - The public has been cautioned in various quarters to wait for the final report on President Jacob Zuma's residence at Nkandla, cautioning that the initial report is provisional.
Government is still maintaining that no state money was spent on the president's KwaZulu-Natal homestead as the money went towards security upgrades.
On Friday the Mail & Guardian newspaper published parts of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report.
The documents find Zuma did benefit and may have misled Parliament when he said his family paid for the upgrades.
Corruption Watch head David Lewis says this could make things more complicated.
"I don't think it helps the process. The sort-of angry reaction of the Public Protector to the leaking of the report, I think, bares that out."
And corruption academic Hennie Van Vuuren says Madonsela is likely to be furious.
"I don't think it in any way hurts the integrity of the office of the Public Protector but argument can be made that it does make her job - in parts - difficult."
However government now appears to be on the defensive and the president himself is staying silent on the money that was spent on his home.
The Public Protector herself has slammed the leaking of the report as well as the Mail & Guardian for publishing details of the R215 million upgrade.