Fierce debate ahead of Nkandla report release

The ANC is already being accused of plotting to ignore or discredit the Nkandla report.

President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC National Executive Committee member Thoko Didiza says speculation around the Nkandla report must stop.

Public protector Thuli Madonsela will on Wednesday make her findings public on the multi-million rand security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's home in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

The ANC is already being accused of plotting to ignore or discredit that report by comparing the outcome to an earlier inter-ministerial investigation in which Zuma was cleared.

Speaking during a debate on 20 years of democracy at the University of South Africa in Pretoria on Monday night, Didiza said the contents of Madonsela's report remained unknown and the party could only respond once they were made public.

"Obviously we can't conclude on a report we haven't seen yet, so just like everybody else we are waiting. After receiving it the ANC will make a decision."

At the same debate on Monday night, opposition parties lashed out at the ANC, saying corruption was at the forefront of all that was wrong with South Africa.

The Democratic Alliance's Mmusi Maimane said, "The way to deal with it is to make sure that the institutions that deal with corruption are strengthened. Don't hire cadres to police other cadres because that doesn't work."

The United Democratic Movement's Bantu Holomisa said the recent spate of protests around the country was a sign of what he terms a second revolution.

"There are signs that we are already in the second revolution, where you see people begin to resist the security forces by burning state property."

Meanwhile, some opposition parties are already scheduling media briefings in preparation to respond to the Nkandla report.