Nxesi questions timing of Nkandla report

Minister Thulas Nxesi says opposition parties are using the Nkandla report to campaign for the elections.

FILE: Minister of Public Works Thulasi Nxesi addressing a media briefing on the Nkandla Presidential Residence held at GCIS, Midtown Building, Pretoria. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Public Works Department has questioned the public protector's motive to release the Nkandla findings so close to elections.

Thulas Nxesi made the statement while addressing members of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) in Khayelitsha on Friday.

Nxesi has been one of the ministers singled out by the public protector for their involvement in the over R200 million security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

He says she had two years prior to elections to release to her findings.

"That report says that it was done for two years and it's released on the eve of the elections. Opposition parties they are not saying anything about their policies, they are talking about Nkandla, nothing else. Where are their policies? Where are their plans?"

In March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma unduly benefited from the development at his KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

Meanwhile, Zuma has expressed concern about the escalation of costs of security upgrades in his Nkandla home.

But he also said he would not pay back the money as he did not ask for the upgrades.

The ANC also maintain that it stands by Zuma as it believes he has done nothing wrong.

At the same time, a Parliament's ad hoc committee has been set up to consider the controversial Nkandla report.

The committee which has 12 members will meet on Monday.