DA to let courts decide on Nkandla report

Lindiwe Mazibuko says the DA will push ahead with a bid compelling govt. to release its Nkandla report.

Lindiwe Mazibuko says the Democratic Alliance (DA) will push ahead with a bid compelling govt. to release its Nkandla report.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) is questioning the authenticity of the government task team's report on spending at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

The document, which was released in December, recommended a probe into tender abuse, among other things.

But it defended the more than R200 million spent on security upgrades.

At the time, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said parts of the report relating to the president's security would be edited out.

But DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko says the document shows no evidence of this having been done.

The party is pushing ahead with its court bid to compel government to release the task team's report.

Mazibuko says a judge needs to decide.

"That way we'll know it's been done independently, that there is no political motive behind it and that the report we have is a faithful rendering of the original task team's findings."

Meanwhile, questions have been asked about whether Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's much-awaited Nkandla report may now be delayed and released after elections.