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ANC: Nkandla report delay disappoints

Thuli Madonsela had hoped to make her findings public by the end of January.

Thuli Madonsela says hoped to make her findings public by the end of January. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC says it is disappointed by the news that the Public Protector's eagerly-awaited Nkandla report has been delayed.

Thuli Madonsela's office has investigated how government spent more than R200 million on upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's private home.

The upgraded Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, which allegedly cost more than R200 million to upgrade. Picture: City Press.

It is expected Madonsela's report will paint a drastically different picture of Zuma's involvement in the project to the one portrayed in an inter-ministerial report released by government.

The public protector says she has agreed to grant one of the affected parties more time to comment on her provisional report and will announce a final release date early next month.

She had hoped to make her findings public by the end of January.

But the closer the release gets to the elections, the more political it becomes.

The ANC's Jackson Mthembu said, "The sooner the report comes out the better. This will not only be for the ANC but for the entire country."

It's not known which party has asked Madonsela to extend her deadline.

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