DoD not open about its Nkandla spending

The Minister of Defence says no money was directly spent by her department on Nkandla.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Defence would not be drawn on its board of inquiry relating to the Nkandla upgrades while unpacking the findings of a comprehensive review of the military.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula yesterday discussed the 2014 defence review which warned that the SANDF was in a state of decline and needed a massive injection of funds.

Mapisa-Nqakula said milestones have been set for the next 14 years which will help the SANDF secure South Africa and expand peacekeeping missions into Africa.

The review calls for an estimated R90 billion over the next 14 years to transform and equip the SANDF.

Eyewitness News asked whether the findings of the SANDF's board of inquiry will be made public and when a report is expected.

The questions were at first shut down, but then the minister did offer some comments.

"Out of the money that has been spent on Nkandla, there hasn't been to date money spent directly from the Department of Defence on that project."

In March, Public Protecter Thuli Madonsela found that President Jacob Zuma unduly benefitted from the R246 million upgrades to his private KwaZulu-Natal home.

She ordered Zuma to account to Parliament, pay back a sum of the money spent on non-security matters and reprimand ministers.

But Zuma has publicly argued he never asked for the upgrades and won't pay back any funds.

RELIGIOUS LEADERS GROWING FRUSTRATED

African Democratic Christian Party leader Reverend Kenneth Meshoe says religious leaders are going to get more outspoken about President Jacob Zuma and the Nkandla scandal.

Yesterday, the_ Star _newspaper said Zion Christian Church(ZCC) leader Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane told pilgrims to Moira on Easter Sunday not to vote for politicians who embezzle money.

Meshoe says he has no doubt about the ZCC's leaders' intentions with his reported comments.

"What the bishop of the ZCC said at the weekend obviously cast aspersions on the president because he is definitely one man who has many questions he is unwilling to answer."

He also says Saturday's march to Parliament led by Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba around the Nkandla scandal is another sign religious leaders are growing more frustrated.