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Nkandla: Court rules against Nxesi

The court ruled the Public Works Minister must pay the DA’s legal fees.

Public Works Minister Thulasi Nxesi. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it is delighted with today's judgment on its application to have the full Nkandla report released by the Public Works Department.

The Western Cape High Court has ruled the ministry must foot the costs of the DA's application.

In court papers the department has admitted there is no difference between the report from January 2013 and the one released by Cabinet last December.

In 2013, DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko turned to the courts to try and get her hands on the Nkandla report saying she was not happy with the one released in December as it appeared different and rewritten.

At the time, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said the report on security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's R208 million home was top secret.

Court papers now show the department admitting that there is nothing different between the two reports.

Mazibuko says the minister never had the lawful bases to deem the report top secret in the first place.

A draft order has now been agreed to by both parties and Mazibuko's legal costs will be paid by the minister.

The DA's James Selfe says the findings raise serious concerns about what government has been classifying as top secret.