Govt to publicise its Nkandla report

Govt has taken a decision to make its own report on Nkandla public.

The Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - Cabinet has decided its task team's report on the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home should be made public.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi will release the report on Tuesday 10 December.

2008 Google Earth satellite image shows what Zuma's homestead looked like before any development at all.

The report has been kept under wraps until now.

It was sent to Parliament, but was classified ' top secret' and was dealt with by Parliament's Intelligence Committee behind closed doors.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga told journalists at today's post Cabinet briefing that aspects of the report that could compromise the president's security will be blacked out.

Motshekga says Cabinet did not discuss Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's investigation, nor the concerns of the African National Congress.

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.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe this week called for the task team's report to be made public and for the Public Protector to make her report public as soon as possible.

But Madonsela has indicated her report is likely only to be made public in January 2014.

The report, which was submitted to Parliament stamped 'top secret', and then considered behind closed doors, will be dealt with first.

Meanwhile, Madonsela is hoping to meet with representatives of government's security cluster tomorrow to discuss security concerns surrounding her Nkandla report.

The ANC has continued to accuse Madonsela of leaking a draft report into the multimillion rand upgrade.

Advocate Thuli Madonsela addressing the media at the Zebra lodge near Pretoria on 4 December 2013 following the leaked provisional reports on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

The Mail & Guardian on Friday published sections of the preliminary report which indicated that a number of features on the property, including a swimming pool, cattle ranch and tuck shop, were paid for with state funds.

It recommended that Zuma be called to account to Parliament for the "substantial personal benefit" at his Kwazulu-Natal homestead.

The interim report, which government's security cluster tried to block, also said Zuma should pay the state back for all unnecessary expenditure.