'Leaked Nkandla report not verified'

ANC is urging the public to refrain from commenting on a leaked Nkandla report.

The latest aerial view of Nkandla taken in August 2013 which was taken by an aerial mapping company using a hi-tech, high-altitude mapping aircraft. Picture: TechCentral

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC says members of the public and political parties should refrain from commenting on a provisional leaked report into upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla residence.

On Friday, the Mail & Guardian released what it said was Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's provisional report into the R208 million upgrades.

The report revealed that Zuma derived "substantial" personal benefit from the upgrades and should pay the state back.

The Public Protector has since distanced herself from the leaked report saying it's unethical and unlawful to publish provisional reports by her office.

She told the City Press that there are many versions of her original report and the leaked version is not accurate.

Madonsela added that what's been published could be prejudicial to Zuma and other affected parties.

The ANC's Keith Khoza says people should stop commenting on something that hasn't been verified.

But political analyst Ralph Mathekga says the leaked report has side-tracked the debate.

"It has actually introduced another element where people are going to focus on the process instead of the substance of the report."

Madonsela has been unavailable for comment, but told City Press the public should not believe the publication of any "purported" provisional report into upgrades at Nkandla.

Meanwhile, the public has been cautioned in various quarters to wait for Madonsela's final report.

Government is still maintaining no state money was spent on Zuma's home, and says the money went towards security upgrades.