SACP, Cosatu await SIU Nkandla report

The tripartite alliance partners say they hope the probe will identify the culprits.

The two Tripartite Alliance partners held a joint briefing in Joburg today where the SACP’s Blade Nzimande said the probe should be sped up.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Wednesday said they are eagerly awaiting the Special Investigating Unit (SIU)'s Nkandla report.

The document will be the third of its kind to focus on upgrades made to President Jacob Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal home.

The tripartite alliance partners say they hope the probe will identify the culprits responsible for R246 million upgrades to the president's private home.

Wednesday's comments were made at a joint briefing in Johannesburg.

SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande called for the SIU probe to be sped up.

He said the Nkandla scandal is not an accumulation of wealth by the president, but rather about the classification of security upgrades.

"The issue is whether some of the things that were put there were security features or not."

Nzimande also questioned why Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report has been given more credibility, when the inter-ministerial committee's findings carry equal, if not more weight.

"The executive [arm of government] is chapter five of the Constitution. Without the executive, we would have no country. There's this thing that the public protector is higher than the executive, that's not true."

Nzimande says the issue of renovations is a bigger problem within the Department of Public Works.

He said the cost of security upgrades to his personal Cape Town home was also massively inflated.